Holidays can be a lot of fun but they can also be stressful if individuals on the spectrum aren't prepared. We have created a fun social story in the form of a comic to help prepare kids on the spectrum for this holiday.
Remember to talk about firework safety!
- Fireworks are not toys and should not be played with.
- Never pick up pieces of fireworks, or un-exploded fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
- Never touch someone with a firework or sparkler.
- Never point a firework or sparkler at anyone else, your body, or your face.
Keep Sensory Overload to a Minimum
Sudden loud noises can easily cause a person on the spectrum to go into sensory overload. Make sure they know ahead of time that the fireworks will be loud. Its nice to have some ear plugs ready or noise reduction ear muffs. Make sure to instruct them ahead of time on when and how to use them.
Bright lights can also cause discomfort for the sensory sensitive. Make sure to instruct your child to look away if the fireworks are too bright or have some sun glasses available.
Make Sure Your Child Knows the Plan
Changes in routine, even fun changes can cause anxiety for many on the spectrum. You can easily alleviate this by letting your child know what the plan is for the evening. You can write out a simple schedule for the night so that your child can refer to it as needed.