Holiday Overload

    For all children and adults, the holidays can be a time of fun but also one of  sensory overload.  Schedules change, company comes in with lots of hugging and talking, new food is introduced, music plays, lights flash and the list goes on.  Here are five suggestions for these delightful but busy days:

  1. Mark a calendar for counting down the days until the holiday.
  2. When a schedule changes, talk about it the day and night before.  Prepare yourself and your child for the changed schedule.
  3. Schedule in “down” time for each day even if it’s just 15 minutes.
  4. Have a quiet place for both children and adults to “time out”. Have an extended time before bedtime for “winding down”.  This may include reading a book, listening to quiet music, drawing in bed, a snack involving sucking through a straw.  Watch and listen to your child to find what soothes him.
  5. If your child over reacts to his environment, encourage your visiting friends and relatives to ask the child’s permission before hugging him.

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