Happy 4th of July!
For many American’s, The Fourth of July is a fun holiday to spend with friends and family at picnics, parades, and firework shows. For kids with autism or sensory sensitivities, The Fourth of July can sometimes be over-stimulating or challenging for them for a variety of reasons. Our team has worked together to create tips and tools to make this holiday more enjoyable for the whole family.
Social stories are used to teach a child what to expect in the future, decrease worry and anxiety, and teach rules and social skills through simple stories and pictures. We have created a social story specifically for The Fourth of July, which you can download and print here: 4th of July Social Story.
Make sure they know the plan.
If your child struggles with changes in routine, talk about, write out, or draw what the day will entail beforehand.
Consider their sensory needs during fireworks.
If your child is sensitive to loud noises, consider packing them noise reduction ear muffs or earplugs.
If your child is sensitive to bright lights, pack them sunglasses for the night.
Deep pressure can be very calming for most kids. Pack your child a weighted blanket or weighted vest to provide deep pressure throughout the night.
From everyone at Project Play Therapy, we wish you a very Happy 4th of July!
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