Firework Ideas For Sensory Kiddos

Fireworks can be very difficult for some children who have Sensory Processing Disorder. 

There are many ways to make fireworks more enjoyable for children and adults if they would like to watch fireworks. 

I have created a list of helpful ideas for you to try so that your child can also enjoy the fireworks. 

1. Prepare your kiddos ahead of time what to expect.

2. Noise cancelling headphones 

3. iPod or MP3 player with favorite music. 

4. Take some kids ear plugs 

5. Reading books about fireworks to prepare them.

6. Sunglasses 

7. Being held and hugged tightly. 

8. Practice with a couple small fireworks at home. 

9. Don't watch them too close, watch them from a  distance. 

10. Watch firework videos on YouTube before you go. 

11. Watch them in a spot not crowded with too many people. 

12. Only stay as long as they are enjoying the fireworks. 

13. Have your kiddos pick out a comfortable chair for seating. 

14. Bring a weighted blanket or weighted lap pad, 

15. Bring a favorite  toy for comfort. You could try a weighted animal too. 

16. Have an escape plan when they are ready to leave.  

17. Check locally for sensory friendly fireworks. 

18. Reassure your kiddo that they are safe. 

19. Let your kiddo choose where to watch them and sit. 

20. Give your kiddo tasks such as handing out snacks to have some control. 

21. Give your kiddo a camera to take pictures.  

22. Take glow sticks. 

23. Essential oils for calming. 

24. Post a visual schedule of the big day to prepare them ahead of time. 

25. Take a tablet or iPad with games to keep them busy. 

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists give you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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