July 4th. It so loud for my child

July 4th. It so loud for my child

Independence Day is an exciting holiday for most, but can be a bad experience for some children with Autism. So, let’s think of how to make July 4th fun and not frightening for your child. The first thing is to determine what it is about July 4th that can be frustrating for your child. So, is it the crowds or the fireworks or both for example. 

If crowds are difficult for your child consider letting them bring a toy or even tablet with them so that they can engage in play rather than with nothing fun for them to do. Some parents give their children time to be alone or away from the crowd during these times. If fireworks are the issue, consider slowly preparing your child for this holiday. This can be done in incrementally steps such as decorating your house, talking about fireworks, or even slowly exposing them to firework sounds. This process can be started days or weeks before July 4th by slowly increasing the volume and showing your child fireworks.