We have come up with a list on How To Make Bonfire Night Autism-Friendly. Families across the UK will be joining in to celebrate bonfire night, this happens every 5th of November. But with families who have autism and learning difficulties sometimes choose not to celebrate this tradition, as this can cause anxiety and stress for the person.
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How To Make Bonfire Night Autism-Friendly
The sudden strange noises of fireworks can cause anxiety and stress for children, So preparing by creating a social story to help them cope when fireworks start happening.
Showing videos of fireworks and explaining them in advanced, can also help them to understand what they are.
Attend public events
When attending public firework events, You know your child best try adapting the following:
Stay as far back as you can, mainly away from the crowd, or in your car so they can see the show.
If your child accepts use ear defenders and keeping their coat hood up.
Reassuring them can help with anxiety.
Offering a distraction such as flashing toys, or squishy toys.
Taking snacks can also help out.
Home Firework Displays
Staying at home could offer a familiar setting, children can watch from inside the home, reducing the anxiety stress caused by the loud noises, from crowds and the fireworks.
Choosing low noise fireworks can be a very good alternative to loud bangs, as they can be more colour and can be calming to watch. Again if your child accepts using ear defenders maybe an option to choose when doing your home display.
Most of all you know your child best, adapting any ideas above can help with your usual routine. By having fun yourself has a knock-on effect on your child.
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