The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can be challenging for kids who struggle with social interactions. That’s why it’s important to use effective strategies that help them navigate and enjoy these festive gatherings. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure that your child has a great time during the holidays.
fidget holiday toy for kidsCrafting Sensory-Smart Settings
Firstly, it’s essential to keep in mind that some kids are sensitive to sensory stimuli. To create an environment that caters to their individual needs, you can decorate spaces with things like comforting textures, quiet corners, and sensory activities such as fidget tools and weighted blankets. By designing a sensory-smart setting that lets every child participate in the fun, you can ensure that they feel included.

Sensory-Friendly Decorations
In addition to creating a sensory-friendly environment, you can also choose decorations that are easy on the senses. Soft, ambient lighting can create a cozy atmosphere without overwhelming anyone. You can also opt for decorations with varying textures, such as plush ornaments, velvet ribbons, or silky bows. These decorations provide a fun and tactile experience for children exploring their surroundings.sensory friendly holiday decor for kids

Therapist-Family Planning
To create a holiday plan that works for your child, you can connect with speech therapists and occupational therapists. This approach provides an opportunity for individual growth and ensures that your child feels supported throughout the holiday season.

So, as we enter the holiday season, keep these tips in mind to make sure that your child has a great time. By balancing sensory and social aspects and creating a supportive environment, we can all celebrate the joy of the season together. If you think your little one could benefit from occupational therapy, be sure to set up a screening with us! Located in Nashua, New Hampshire, we specialize in pediatric occupational therapy.