Their tips include:
- Prepare your child. Talk about what’s going to happen at the party or fireworks display. You can show a video of fireworks — perhaps playing it quietly first, then slowly turning up the volume.
- Focus on the fun! Let your child know that you’re excited to attend, and describe the activities you know they will enjoy.
- Bring along favorite items such as toys, games and snacks. Provide distractions if your child gets antsy.
- Defining a space with a blanket, towel, or chair can help a child with autism feel more comfortable in a crowd.
- Bring headphones to help block out some of the sound, or consider sitting some distance away to avoid the intense noise.
- Make sure your child knows how to ask for a break from the crowd or noise. If your child is verbal, he/she may need a reminder. However, many children do best with a visual aid. For example, provide your child with a special card to hand to you when he or she needs a break from the stimulation.
- As always, make sure safety is a priority!
Enjoy Independence Day!