COVID-19 and Sensory Overload

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the experiences of sensory sensitivity and sensory overload.

Small sensory-friendly changes have a large impact.

Find helpful podcast episodes and blog posts below.

Child wearing mask holding hand of a parent in a supermarket

In response to COVID-19, Sensory Friendly Solutions collaborated with Dr. William McIver Jr., New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Centre for Applied Research in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing for a “Community Resource Awareness During and After COVID-19″applied research project with funding from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).

A key project result was the launch of the Sensory Friendly Solutions Podcast, the world’s first podcast to explore sensory-friendly challenges and solutions in daily life, particularly for people living with a hidden disability, heightened by the added stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19.

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Podcast Episodes

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The Sensory Friendly Solutions Podcast

Find sensory-friendly solutions in everyday life on our new podcast. For example, what are the best books to read to understand sensory challenges? Or, what products actually help you manage sensory sensitivity? How do families make changes for their children that deliver results in their day-to-day life? Where are the resources that make a difference? This is the first sensory podcast of its kind.

Dr. Sarah Gander.

The Social Determinants of Health: Dr. Sarah Gander

Dr. Sarah Gander, pediatrician shares her insights about the connection between our minds, our bodies and our environments. She also shares her advice that a little pause and breath is a key way to re-connect our body and our brain. Dr. Gander advocates for nature bathing as a sensory-rich experience that helps us manage sensory overload.

Maureen Bennie

The Eighth Sense with Maureen Bennie

Maureen Bennie, parent of two adult children with autism and founder of the Autism Awareness Centre teaches us about our eight sense, interoception, and how consistency and commitment make all the difference. She also introduces us to the concept of developing fluency in what works for each one of us in managing sensory overload.

Renee Warren

Working From Home In a Pandemic with Renée Warren

Renée Warren, mom, serial entrepreneur, and mentor coaches us to expect downcycles as part of our lived experiences. She tells us to understand our own brain as a key to success in daily life. Renée advocates for curiosity as a powerful strategy to reducing our sensory overload.

COVID-19-Related Blog Posts

Senior woman checking out her groceries.

Senior Shopping Hours

More and more stores, shops and essential establishments around the world offer offering special senior shopping hours. It started during COVID-19.  Find help is this

Young boy wearing home made face shield

Face Masks for Sensory Issues

This is a personal story about one family’s experience with face masks. It is always a good idea to follow public health recommendations for both

Two women walking wearing masks bumping elbows during COVID..

Sensory Overload and COVID-19

Have you considered the effect of COVID-19 on sensory overload? For instance, face masks, physical barriers, constant hand washing or sanitizing and social isolation are

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