Sensory-Friendly At-Home Activities for the Summer

It is important to respect the needs of children who have sensory disorders to ensure they are as comfortable as possible and engaged in summer fun.

“Children who have sensory disorders need extra support as the seasons change, but also as we navigate summer activities during the pandemic,” said Leaha Jones, Memorial Behavioral Health.

Here are some ideas for a sensory-friendly at-home summer activities:

  1. Make a plan. Create a plan for the day’s activities in writing and share it verbally to help avoid any anxiety about the day’s schedule.
  2. Avoid common summer nuisances. Apply sunscreen and bug spray to avoid sunburn and bites, and ensure you have enough water and healthy snacks for outdoor activities.
  3. Paint your world. From puffy sidewalk chalk to shaving cream and food coloring, there are plenty of artistic activities that you can do outdoors at home.
  4. No obstacle too fun. Create an obstacle course in your backyard using what you have available and make it a fun activity for the whole family.
  5. Play ball. Enjoy simple sports activities like catch, kickball, rolling or bouncing and make it an interactive activity.
  6. Bubble the day away. Whether you have purchased bubbles and wands, or you fill containers with soapy water and use toys you have at home, bubbles are enjoyable and engaging for kids.

“While respite care and public places with accommodations for sensory disorders may not be widely available right now, you can still create activities to support your child’s imagination and creativity in a safe environment,” Jones said.

Need support?

Learn more about child and youth services at Memorial Behavioral Health.

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