Independence Day is coming and the sounds of experimental fireworks can already be heard around Chicagoland. It can be an exciting time, but also a tricky time for some parents and kids. Does your child cover their ears when they hear loud or unexpected sounds? Do they cover their eyes or blink a lot when they transition into a brightly lit area? Can they become shut down or revved up around large groups of people? If this describes your child, we have provided some helpful suggestions to help you prepare for the holiday.
It is very common for children who have sensory processing and modulation issues to have a difficult time during the 4th of July, specifically during parades and fireworks. Children depend on you for support during these times, so it is important to be aware of your child’s needs and solutions to help them. These helpful tips from an Eyas Landing Occupational Therapist are designed to make sure you and your child are ready to celebrate the 4th of July with the rest of the family.
Get their body’s ready before going to an event.
Have your child engage in activities to increase regulation through organized proprioceptive, deep pressure, and vestibular input, such as:
- Yoga poses – mountain, river, bridge, cobra, cat, down dog, and rock poses are great and easy for most kiddos
- Animal walks – bear walk, bunny hop, dog crawl, frog hops, etc.
- Bubbles – have them blow the bubbles and/or have them pop the bubbles in a specific manner (pop with on finger, clap them, stomp them with your feet, etc.)
- Go to the park – have the child climb on equipment and/or swing
- Help out in the yard – gardening is full of heavy work activities
- Create a mini obstacle course
- Go swimming