Sensory Thanksgiving Tips 

1. Practice manners before the holidays come.

2. Be prepared ahead of schedule.

3. Use a picture schedule allowing your child to know when and count down the days. 

(visual schedules)

4. Schedule sensory breaks during dinner and family events.

5. Have a quiet and private space that is just for sensory breaks away from the crowds.

6. Bring a weighted blanket. (weighted blankets)

7. Ear defenders for noise can make a huge difference for a child with SPD during the holidays. (Ear Protection)

8. Reading social stories for expectations can be helpful for a child to understand what to expect.

9. Have your child dress in comfortable clothes, something they like to wear. 


10. Talk with your family so they understand about noise, food challenges and how your child can get overstimulated.

11. Bring a sensory kit for your child's quiet space. (fidgets or quiet activities such as Lego or IPad)

12. Encourage your child to try more foods. Put smaller portions on your child's plate so they are not overwhelmed.

13. Praise all positive behaviors during the holidays.

14. Bring snack that your child enjoys if they choose to not have dinner.

15. When its time to go.... go.

16. Don't force them to push their own limit because of the family or friends.

17. Know that it is ok to say no to large family events and have a private family dinner of your own.

18. Do what works for you, your child and family. Have fun! Enjoy yourselves!