Fireworks are a big part of the summer. In our neighborhood they go off all summer long. As long as they are not right on top of my SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) kid we don't usually have a problem. Holidays though make for a different story. One of his SPD triggers is loud noises. Bathrooms with automatic dryers and toilet flushers are always a problem and so are fireworks. I quickly realized we needed a plan for this summer.
Tips for SPD and Fireworks
Prepare your child in advance
Telling our J-man that the fireworks would be pretty colors but loud really helped. He was excited to see them and knew to expect noise.
Keep Them Close
Sitting on a lap of big brother or a parent was very helpful for him dealing with the sensory overload
Noise canceling headphones
This was a big part of our success this holiday season. The headphones we bought were fairly inexpensive off of Amazon. They didn't eliminate all of the noise but they kept it at a much more tolerable level for him
Sit in the car
This was where we ended up. The car kept the bulk of the noise out and we could still see the fireworks. Frankly, I didn't mind because it kept the bugs off of me too. I ended up with 3 out of 4 kids in the car because they didn't like the loud noises and it really did help.
Hope these tips help your family. I've learned that having children with SPD is all about figuring out coping skills so the child can enjoy themselves and so can the adults.
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