Young boy praying in sensory-friendly mosque.

How to Manage Sensory Overload at the Mosque 

For many Muslim families, visiting the mosque is an important part of their lives. A lot of parents want to introduce their children to their sacred practices and have them feel connected to their community. For some families, however, visiting the mosque can be a challenging sensory experience. Managing sensory overload at the mosque is

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Create a Sensory-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parade

As St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaches, many communities are in the process of planning their upcoming parade for families to enjoy. St. Patrick’s Day parades often involve crowds of people with lots of green decorations and flashing lights, Irish-themed floats, seasonal costumes, and loud music. These events are exciting for many families and represent a

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6 Sensory-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tips for Parents

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations coming up, many families are plan fun-filled, but sensory-rich activities. Oftentimes, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations involve gatherings with friends, creating crafts and attending community events. A common community event is a St. Patrick’s Day parade. However, for parents with children who have sensory sensitivities, parades are a problem. The loud

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Everyone Included: Be Sensory-Friendly

Do you wonder how to better include everyone? Being sensory-friendly helps achieve that goal. Inclusion and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihoods, well-being and dignity for all are key priorities of the United Nations Commission for Social Development. The Commission is an advisory body. It is responsible for the social development pillar of global

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Make Plane, Train and Bus Terminals Sensory-Friendly

For many people, traveling by plane, train or bus is fun! However, for people with sensory sensitivities, transportation is often overwhelming and contributes to sensory overload. Regardless of whether it’s a plane, train, or bus, there are several parts of the travelling or simply commuting that make it stress-inducing. As a result, many people avoid

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How To be a Sensory-Friendly Teacher

As the number of people who experience sensory sensitivities continues to increase, many students are experiencing difficulties in school. According to research conducted in 2013, it is predicted that up to 16% of school-aged children are impacted by sensory processing disorders. Oftentimes, balancing the learning experience with a busy classroom environment is a challenge. This

Teacher sitting with students working on sensory-friendly Valentine's Day craft.

Create a Sensory-Friendly Valentine’s Day Classroom Celebration

As a child, Valentine’s Day celebrations at schools are often filled with candy, cards and heart-themed activities. This holiday is a time for celebration and excitement. However, for students with autism, sensory sensitivities or sensory disorders, Valentine’s Day celebrations in the classroom can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. As a result, many children may

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Host a Sensory Friendly Virtual Valentine’s Day Classroom Party

For many students, holiday celebrations at schools are different with online learning. Many children are navigating school online and remotely. This transition is difficult for students and parents, as well as teachers. Many educators struggle to create a sensory-friendly virtual classroom to accommodate all students’ needs. As a result, many teachers are unaware of the

Children sitting in an audience at a sensory-friendly play.

What Is a Sensory-Friendly Play?

A sensory-friendly play is simply a play that has been adapted to be less overwhelming for the senses. Essentially, it becomes friendly for your audience’s sensory experience. Plays become sensory-friendly by changing things in the theatre and by changing the play itself, if needed. The same play may be adapted differently by different theatres. Likewise,

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Website Accessibility Includes Being Sensory-Friendly

Have you ever thought about the accessibility of your website? Or the accessibility of websites you visit? You might think that website accessibility is only important, for instance, for people who have changes in their vision and use screen readers. The accessibility of your website is critical for anyone who uses a screen reader and

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