Independence Day is upon us and there are so many options for celebrating: BBQs, a day at the lake, a road trip out of town, or fireworks over the bay. But if your child’s sensory issues are giving you pause, you’re not alone.
Holidays in general, and the fourth of July in particular, can be a minefield of distress and anxiety for sensory kids.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make July 4th sensory-friendly, enjoyable, and safe. After all, what’s the point of celebrating if it only creates more stress? With a little planning and foresight, your family can enjoy everything Independence Day has to offer and make their day a memorable one.
Fourth of July Sensory Challenges
Tips For a Sensory-Friendly Fourth of July
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- Bring your trusted wireless Earbuddies so your child can protect their ears or listen to music if they get too stressed.
- Stay near the car in case your child gets overwhelmed. That way, you can sit in the car or leave quickly if things get too hectic.
- Pack a backpack with sensory tools and toys to make the occasion enjoyable. This might include a weighted blanket, fidget toys, a hand-held fan to beat the heat, a water bottle to stay hydrated, and a snack to avoid a hangry meltdown!