Common End of the School Year Triggers for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder
The end of the school year is rapidly approaching. This can be an exciting time for both parents and kids, but if you're the parent of a child with sensory processing disorder, it can also be one that is stressful. Luckily, you can learn what triggers make the end of the school year so difficult for kids with sensory processing disorders, then understand how to alleviate these triggers to make the experience better for everyone involved.
The weather can get hot suddenly when the end of school year approaches. This means that kids may feel uncomfortable in the clothes they are used to wearing, and they may need to wear new items in order to better tolerate the heat. Help them adjust to the new clothing they'll need to wear by practicing wearing it at home. Adjusting to new fabrics and textures can be hard for kids with sensory issues but can be alleviated if you introduce them over time.
Lots of kids have end-of-year parties as the school year ends. Parties can be very hard for kids with sensory issues, since they are loud, overstimulating, and full of action. Attend parties with your child and have an exit plan. That way, if things get too intense, you have an easy way to leave together.
Field Days/Color Wars
If your child's school has an active day at the end of the year, this may present a challenge if he has sensory processing disorder. Kids with sensory issues can have trouble with balance, using playground and sports equipment, and more. Talk to your child's teacher about the activity, and encourage him to participate in the activities he feels confident in. If everyone has an understanding of your child's capabilities, you can be sure he ends up in a place that feels good for everybody.
The end of the school year should be a fun time for parents and kids, not one that brings added stress. Anticipate triggers for kids with sensory processing disorders, and take steps to avoid them. That way, students can head into summer break excited about what's to come rather than struggling with their current experience.
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