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Thrive - March 2018 Issue

by A is For Apple, Inc. | Mar 14, 2018

Tips for Sensory-Friendly Easter

easter-eggs-3165483_640Holidays can be a challenge for parents, especially for those with sensory sensitivities. It seems that every holiday is packed with activities, overloaded with expectations of greatness and especially the candy….oh the candy!! But there are ways that you can organize your holiday to make it easier for your child to enjoy the holiday and still make it memorable.

Keep it Simple: Let’s face it, children can get overstimulated, and children with Autism and ADHD can be even more sensitive to the stimuli around them. It’s good to plan for down time. If you have one big day, plan a whole day of rest the next day. Or, plan your activities in the morning and keep your afternoon and evening free for down time. It is also ok to be flexible in your schedule – listen to your kids; if it looks like your activities are too much, dial things back and do things on a much simpler scale. You know your child and how much activity they are capable of handling at a time.

Make A Schedule: Children thrive on a schedule and we want our children to thrive! If your kids know what is happening beforehand, the better they will be equipped to handle the activities for the day. Whatever calendar or scheduling system works for you, implement that and stick to it! Some examples of scheduling are picture planners, written planners, verbal instructions, etc. Make sure to go over it in advance and reinforce it throughout the day so they know what will be happening.

Remember to be Flexible: All children have specific sensory needs. Don’t get too wrapped up in the holiday schedule to forget that your child may need that extra down time, or their special fidget toy, or weight blanket, etc. for a specific activity during the day. Follow your child’s lead and monitor your child and notice that if they are struggling, plans may need to be altered or cancelled altogether if they are anxious or not particularly interested.

With Easter in particular, there are a lot of activities that may seem daunting to a child with anxiety or specific sensory needs. You can practice egg hunts at home so they know what to expect, talk about what the activities will be and read books about Easter festivities are about so they won’t be surprised or scared when Easter comes.

Another big part of Easter in our culture is all the candy! Candy may not be an option for your child. Here are some great candy alternatives for Easter baskets and some candy alternative to stuff Easter Eggs with:

  • Goldfish crackers
  • Cuties (mini oranges)
  • Trail Mix
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Cereal
  • Grapes
  • Dollar Bills
  • Coins
  • Socks
  • Cool shoe laces
  • Magic Towels (If you haven’t seen them, these are wash cloths molded into teeny shapes. When you put them in the bathtub, they expand into full-sized wash cloths. You can find them at the dollar store.)
  • Ponytail holders
  • Bracelets
  • Rings
  • Zipper Pulls
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Band-Aids with cool designs
  • Stickers
  • Foam Shapes
  • Shopkins
  • Toy Cars
  • Marbles
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Stress Balls/Squeeze Balls
  • Polly Pockets
  • Board Games
  • Silly Putty
  • Crayons/Coloring Books
  • Legos
  • Toy Bugs/Animals
  • Pirate Eye Patch
  • Cards
  • Yo-Yos
  • Pencils/Pencil top erasers
  • Squirt Guns
  • Seashells
  • Craft-Making Kits

You can also read our newsletter about Christmas Sensory Overload, where we talk about scheduling downtime, bringing a "familiar kit", healthy eating and bedtime that can also be applied to any holiday gathering.

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