Monday, June 29, 2015

The 4th of July and Your Sensory Kiddo

Summer is in full swing, temperatures are beyond high, and the 4th of July is quickly approaching. As you begin to plan for the big weekend, here are some tips to help you and your child cope with the sun, food, and unavoidable over stimulation. 

Possible Instigators: 

  • Sand or grass in their toes
  • Loud and bright fireworks
  • Large display of foods
  • Itchy swimsuits and large bodies of water
  • Large crowds
  • Late nights and delayed bed times
  • Disruption in routine

Here's some ways we can help prepare your child for the festivities
Create a picture schedule and talk about what the day/weekend may entail

  • Squeeze in some nap time! This may be especially helpful when the nights get later than usual and their routine is out of whack. 
  • Bring familiar foods along in a cooler to avoid the dreaded pot luck that has nothing they will eat. 
  • Identify a safe spot that they can meet you when they are feeling overwhelmed. 
  • Bring the ear buds or head phones to help soften the sound of the those loud fireworks that go 'boom'! 
  • Provide them with calming techniques prior to heading outside. 
  • Discuss safety in situations with water nearby. 
  • Wear the right gear! Ensure their swimsuit or shoes are good to go for the day to keep things moving smoothly. Bring a preferred change of clothes just in case.
  • If you are avoiding the crowds and staying in, look into a white noise machine to help them sleep through all the noise. 
  • Don't forget the sunscreen and plenty of water! 
Be safe and have fun! 

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