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Make Your Child’s Visit to Santa a Success

Does your child struggle visiting Santa? For many children, going to see Santa is overwhelming. Visiting Santa can cause stress and anxiety. It can contribute to sensory overload. Children with sensory disorders or autism, visiting Santa is challenging because it is a sensory-rich experience. Your child may be upset, and not want to participate. Ultimately,

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Host a Sensory Friendly Thanksgiving Event

For many people Thanksgiving is an exciting time of the year for family, friends, neighbours, congregations and communities to come together and celebrate. However, for a large number of children and adults, gatherings are overwhelming and stressful. Ultimately, this may deter many people participating in Thanksgiving celebrations. You can make people comfortable and be more

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7 Ways to Have a Sensory Friendly Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving celebrations approach, you may worry about how to make the holidays enjoyable for your sensory-sensitive child (or even yourself). Although many people enjoy Thanksgiving, celebrating and spending time with family and friends; for many children, and adults, contribute to sensory overload and stress. Thanksgiving can be a particular challenge for children with sensory

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Make Halloween Sensory Friendly for your Child

If you have an autistic child, or a child with sensory disorder you likely know that Halloween can be an overwhelming celebration. There are scary and loud decorations, uncomfortable costumes and groups children running around. As a result, your child is likely hesitant to enjoy Halloween. Trick-or-treating contributes to sensory overload. However, there are simple

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How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Halloween Event

Halloween is a very exciting and fun time of the year. Families get together, children dress up, and many communities and businesses organize Halloween events for their local neighbourhood. However, it is important to recognize that many Halloween events feel overwhelming and inaccessible for children with sensory sensitivities. Therefore, it is important to create an

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How to Manage Sensory Overload in Adults

Did you know that adults can experience sensory overload? Oftentimes, sensory overload is only talked about among children. However, sensory sensitivities is not something that individuals will grow out of. It is not uncommon for adults with diagnosed sensory processing disorders to experience a sensory overload response, too. Therefore, it is important to know and

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What Are the Signs of Sensory Issues?

As more and more children and adults experience sensory sensitivity and sensory overload, it is important to understand sensory issues. However, many people are confused about sensory disorders and autism, giving rise to a common misconception that certain sensory preferences indicate a specific diagnosis. They do not. Read on to learn more about sensory issues

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What Is a Sensory-Friendly Environment?

Are you familiar with the term “sensory-friendly”. Oftentimes, this phrase is used to describe an experience or product. Did you know there are also sensory-friendly environments? That means there are places and spaces that are sensory-friendly, too. There are many aspects of an environment that can create a comfortable space for people. Furthermore, understanding how

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Sensory-Friendly Tourist Attraction: City Walking Path

Looking for a sensory-friendly activity to do? Maybe in your hometown? Or something simple while traveling? Moreover, if someone is your family has sensory sensitivities, finding an activity can be a challenge. For many people, popular outdoor activities such as swimming or parks are overwhelming. Oftentimes, tourist attractions are too loud, busy and sensory-rich. An

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What Is a Sensory-Friendly Vaccination Clinic?

As more people receive vaccinations, like the COVID-19 vaccines, many people experience difficulty with the accessibility of vaccine clinics. Challenges include the confusion of booking websites, lackluster instructions when entering the vaccination clinic or difficulty navigating around the vaccine site. For a large portion of the population, the sensory-rich aspects of vaccination clinics are a

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