Parents of children with sensory sensitivities may feel a sense of anxiety in advance of summertime activities. Summer heat, playtime with large groups of kids, and participation in summer camps all pose challenges for the child with sensory processing disorder. In order to help your child enjoy summer break, try the following sensory-friendly activities instead.
By Susan Donohoe, OTR/L
Many children on the Autism spectrum are hypersensitive to touch. This can include hypersensitivity to certain fabrics or surfaces. Sensory difficulties are individual to each child. Some may be mildly affected, while others have greater difficulty functioning in life.
Virginia Rep has added dates for sensory friendly performances for the rest of the current season and they are taking reservations! How exciting is this!
Most mornings are the same – I tell H.* to get dressed and he puts his pants on his head while wandering around asking me if I’ve seen them. I tell him it’s time for breakfast and he yells, “You’re not the boss of me!” When we leave the house he pretends to hit me and says he’s just kidding. By the time the school bus comes I leave for work already exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally and we still have to get through the evening.