Thursday, July 3, 2014

The 4th of July: Overcoming sensory challenges

The 4th of July is upon us…which means fireworks and celebrations. To a lot of us this means managing loud noises, crowds of people, different foods, and different environments. Basically, this holiday presents itself with many sensory challenges for children with special needs. Here are a few tips and tricks as well as fun crafty ideas to make the most of this loud, colorful, and sensory-loaded holiday.

  1. Talk about it! Discuss fireworks and what to expect for the entire weekend. 
  2. Allow your child to bring a comfort item.
  3. Bring headphones! This can help to deafen the sounds. OR watch from indoors or from the car. 
  4. Limit foods that your child may not normally eat. 

Be festive and get crafty. Try one of these fun ideas that also address fine motor skills and sensory play!

  • Finger painting: red, white, and blue (of course)!
  • Rip up tissue paper and crumple to form a flag. 
  • Sidewalk chalk! Have the kids decorate the driveway or sidewalk. 
  • Bead festive necklaces or bracelets. Follow a pattern to make it more challenging. 
  • Beat the heat and get out the water! 
  • Make your own fireworks and with paint, glitter, crayons, and glue!

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