New Year's Eve starts with a bang and it should. The fireworks fascinates almost everybody. The light, colour and sound adds to their brilliance. It’s definitely intense, complex, unexpected with fast pace movement, and that is why it’s alerting and exciting for us.
But for many children, the fireworks can be scary, overwhelming or even terrifying. This might include children who struggle with sensory processing difficulties.
Here’s our top 5 strategies to prevent it getting too overwhelming for children:
- Use ear muffs to dampen the noise, reducing its intensity.
- Give children their sip bottles which they can use to sip in between the show. This strategy generally eases them down. It can also be complemented with some chewable necklaces or food.
- Get them to hold a squeeze toy or a sponge ball and squeeze it hard as possible when the sound gets overwhelmingly loud.
- Give them a big hug during the fireworks. Deep touch pressure is calming to the nervous system.
- Before you leave prepare your child for what is going to happen and what to expect so that they can be prepared and have a plan set out.
TRY THEM OUT. ENJOY THE FIREWORKS.
Deb Hopper… Occupational Therapist, author, workshop presenter. Deb is passionate about empowering parents and educators to understand the underlying reasons of why children struggle with behaviour, self-esteem and sensory processing difficulties. A practicing Occupational Therapist, she understands the daily struggles that children, parents and teachers face.
Deb is the co-author of the CD Sensory Songs for Tots, and author of Reducing Meltdowns and Improving Concentration: The Just Right Kids Technique. The Just Right Kids Technique Model can be downloaded at: http://www.lifeskills4kids.com.au/just-right-kids-model/
You can contact Deb on 02 6555 9877. She is available for clinic and phone/ Skype consultations.