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Young boy and swim instructor during sensory-friendly swim lessons.

How to Create Sensory-Friendly Swim Lessons

As summer camps and outdoor swimming pools begin opening for the summer in the Western Hemisphere, it important to include as many children as possible in swimming lessons. The World Health Organization tells us that drowning is the third major cause of death for children and youth. Sensory-friendly swimming lessons are needed. A common summertime

Children and camp counsellor smiling at outdoor camp.

What to Pack for a Sensory-Friendly Camper

Summer is almost here. Are you thinking about summer camp for your child? For many children, day and overnight camps are a huge part of their summer. However, if your child has sensory sensitivities, sending them to camp may seem daunting. Children with sensory challenges feel overwhelmed by sensory-rich events or locations. A sensory-rich event

Young girl in dentist chair getting her teeth examined by the dentist at a sensory-friendly dentist visit.

Create a Sensory-Friendly Dentist Visit for your Child

Going to the dentist can be stressful for everyone. Especially for children. The noises, bright overhead lights, and the vibration of dental equipment are overwhelming. As a result, your child may experience sensory overload. However, you can change a few things to create a sensory-friendly dentist visit for your child. How Do I Get My

Picture of the Sensory Garden at Kingsbrae

Have You Experienced a Sensory Garden?

A sensory garden is a wonderful experience for people of all ages. If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder, sensory sensitivities, or autism, it may be hard to find experiences that are sensory-friendly. Many adults also find environments too busy, noisy and bright. This can lead to sensory overload and feeling anxious

Outdoor sculpture

Sensory-Friendly Tourism: A Sculpture Trail

What are sculpture trails? Sculpture traits are public paths that feature outdoor sculptures from different artists. Sculpture trails exist around the world. Furthermore, these trails are typically explored by hiking or driving along them. This ensures that many people can access and enjoy the pieces of art. Finally, sensory-friendly sculpture trails are an added bonus!

Back of person's head wearing noise cancelling ear muffs and the words too busy, too noisy, too bright and the Sensory Friendly Solutions logo

Too Busy. Too Noisy. Too Bright.

This documentary about sensory-friendly really made me think. As an occupational therapy student, I often hear the words “sensory-friendly”. However, until recently, I never fully understood what the term sensory-friendly truly meant. Most importantly, I did not understand how to make a location or an event sensory-friendly. And like most people, I thought that only

Two young boys sitting on blanket painting Easter Eggs

How to Host a Sensory-Friendly Easter Event

Easter is a holiday where family and friends come together to celebrate. Oftentimes, many organizations such as churches, community centers and malls will host Easter events. However, for children that experience sensory-sensitivity, celebrating in a public setting outside their home can be stressful. Whether the event involves having the Easter bunny visit a mall or

Image of boy holding eggs on a sensory-friendly Easter egg hunt

Create a Sensory-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

One of the most exciting activities surrounding Easter is having your children participate in an annual Easter egg hunt. Typically, this involves hiding colourful eggs around your house or backyard. Additionally, you may invite other kids from your community and family members to participate and take part in the hunt! As a result, this tends

Group of kids on Easter holding Easter eggs.

10 Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Easter Bunny Visit

Is your community returning to hosting public events? Is going to see the Easter bunny a stressful event for your family? Maybe your child experiences sensory overload? Bright lights, an unfamiliar setting, background music, strangers and many people moving about can make visiting the Easter bunny result in anxiety and meltdowns. You are not alone!

Stella Waterhouse and the cover of her book "Autism Decoded: The Cracks in the Code"

Sensory-friendly tourism: Stella Waterhouse

Stella Waterhouse, author, autism educator, is creating a solution, even in her retirement, to help people with Koloko Travel. Moreover, travel does not just mean abroad, but close to home too. Her personal experiences with sensory sensitivity have shaped her own understanding and leadership in the field. As Stella says, things still need to be explained, the deluge of information is part of our sensory overload.

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