Tips for Celebrating 4th of July With Children Having Sensory Issues

Posted on 7-02-2020

As with just about everything this summer, the 4th of July probably won’t look the same as it has in the past. And while parades, backyard cookouts and big community celebrations may be modified or cancelled, that doesn’t mean the day won’t be celebrated.

There will still be fireworks, and perhaps you’ll attend appropriately socially distanced picnics.

If you have a child with sensory processing challenges, the 4th of July can be a stressful time, no matter how people are planning to celebrate the holiday. It can be overwhelming, especially if family traditions are changing into something new. But there are ways to help your child navigate their feelings and bodies so they can be involved in the fun:

Spend Time Talking About Your Plans

Speaking with your child about plans you have for the day can help prepare them for what’s coming up. Talking about how long things will take, where you are going, what you’ll be doing and who will be there are all good starting points. Some children respond well to a countdown calendar, which can be a fun way to lead up to the celebration.

No matter how you do it, discussing plans with your child beforehand can help them feel better about what’s coming up on the big day. You know your child best, so you are the right person to …

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CP Wishes You and Yours a Happy, Healthy, & Safe 4th of July Weekend!