The 4th of July is just a few days away. Many families celebrate with barbeques, poolside fun, and fireworks. While this can be something to look forward to—a reason to gather safely and have a fun, long weekend, it can be nerve-wracking for families with an individual with autism. Continue reading for 4th of July tips for families with children or adults with autism.
Individuals with autism can sometimes experience sounds, smells, touch, and sight differently and may have difficulty processing these senses. The 4th of July is filled with loud sounds, bright lights, and smells we don’t encounter daily. It can be overwhelming for anyone.
Preparing for the 4th of July can help to reduce some of the unwanted behaviors that may arise and provide strategies and tools to have available. It can also help to lessen any worries from the family. Here are some ideas to consider before the 4th of July.
4th of July Tips for Families with Individuals with Autism
Create a social story to explain what the individual with autism will hear, see, smell, touch, and maybe even taste. Remember, social stories should be at a level the individual can easily understand and written in first-person. Check out our 4th of July social story.
If your child with autism is sensitive to sounds, have headphones or earbuds (whichever they prefer) handy if it gets too loud.
Don’t forget to have fun!
Depending on where you will be spending the holiday, look for a quiet space away from others where the individual with autism can retreat if it gets too loud or too rowdy.
Have things on hand the individual with autism likes. Maybe involve the individual in packing a backpack or bag with some things they’d like to take and have around to engage or play with.
If you plan to be outdoors in the sun, you can also practice putting on sunscreen and wearing a hat and other items to teach the individual and prepare them for that day.
Don’t forget to have fun! Happy 4th of July!
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