🧨 Bright Lights and Loud Noises 💥
L Lexi Breunig

🧨 Bright Lights and Loud Noises 💥

Jul 3, 2024 · mom resources · nervous system regulation · parenting resourcces · regulation · sensory overload

It’s that time of the year! 

The 4th of July around where we live usually means fireworks, parades, parties, concerts, late nights, and more. For many, these celebrations filled with bright lights and booming noises are a beloved tradition. But for others, especially those with sensory needs, these intense sensory experiences can be overwhelming and dysregulating. 🙃

If the loud bangs and flashing lights of typical 4th festivities sound more overstimulating than fun for you or your child, here’s your reminder that you are not alone and it’s okay to opt out. We believe that everyone should be able to celebrate in a way that feels comfortable and honors personal sensory preferences, needs, and the things that bring your own family joy. 

Here are some ideas for a lower-key, sensory-friendly 4th of July celebration:

  • Watch small fireworks displays from a distance or indoors where you can control the noise levels or try using some noise-canceling headphones. 🎧💥
  • Try making “firework” art with paints and straws when you blow air on a spot of paint, the “firework” will expand on the paper. 🎨
  • Go for a family walk, bike ride or hike and enjoy the holiday outdoors without the crowds. 🌲
  • Set up a backyard camp-out, make s'mores and stargaze once it gets dark. 💫
  • Play with red, white, and blue play dough 😀

Celebrating more quietly or skipping certain events doesn't mean avoiding the holiday entirely. It simply means making accommodations so you can still feel festive if you choose in a way that's regulated and enjoyable for you & your kids. 👍

At Present Not Perfect, we support all families and your unique sensory needs. However you choose to celebrate this year, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe 4th of July!

Have a nice weekend, 

Abbie & Emily

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