Ah, summer. No school, days spent on the beach, and nights spent eating ice cream way too close to bedtime. Summer is what every kid spends the year looking forward to (only to spend complaining they’re bored the second school gets out). But for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, or anyone on the spectrum or with sensory issues, summer means loss of structure and routine, and the loss of therapies and support. Fortunately, if you prepare with the right tools and products, you and your kid with sensory issues can survive, and even enjoy, the summer.
The warmer weather brings with it a whole host of sensory nightmares, from the harsh sun to the fireworks on July 4 — the list goes on and on. Something that’s a treat for one kid, like a trip to the beach, could be a nightmare for someone with sensory issues. And if your child is one of those kids, you know firsthand the trials and tribulations that summer brings. Those parents and kiddos dread the longer days, because no parent wants their child to have a hard time — and if you have multiple children, it’s also really difficult when some kids are having a great time, and others are having a terrible time.
Don’t fret; there are ways to have an amazing time with the whole family, so before you resign yourself to avoiding all travel, beach days, and classic summer activities, check out these must-haves for surviving summer for kids with sensory issues. From noise-cancelling headphones to beautiful visual schedules, and sensory toys on the go, these items are sure to make your summer fun and enjoyable, with no meltdowns in sight (except their popsicles!).
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