Fall is here and with that there are many changes in our surroundings, especially if you live in a state with all four seasons! The crisp cool breeze, falling leaves, changes in color, and sometimes chaotic rain patterns all signal a change in our immediate world. For our children, this may signal new challenges with everything from morning routines to clothing.
With that said, this is a natural challenge. Being prepared for these changes and providing accommodations to help your child thrive during this season will be the key to a successful day.
Here are a few things to consider trying to facilitate a smooth, happy transition to Fall.
- Warmer clothing that is soft such as fleece, cotton, or flannel will be more comfortable compared to things made of wool. Stick to layering rather than bulky items too, as this will give your child options when they find themselves "too warm" or "too cold".
- Comfortable accessories such as headbands or earmuffs instead of hats, hand warmers instead of gloves, or snowboarding pants rather than snow bibs may be found more appropriate.
- With colder weather comes dryer skin. Ensure you are providing more moisturizer to avoid itchiness and increase skin protection. Applying immediately after baths or showers is helpful.
- Outdoor activities are still a great opportunity for our sensory-seeking kiddos. It helps get out that excess energy and provides a way to self-regulate. Fall is a great time to explore parks that were too hot to enjoy in the Summer. Walks on a trail give your child a chance to explore the changes in colors and get natural exercise.
- With the fall come some traditional foods of the season. Textures and spices may be new and potentially aversive to your young one. Your child may be more sensitive to changes and tastes. Introduce new foods slowly and strategically. Another option is to include your child in the planning process. Sometimes being a part of the cooking process increases their curiosity and motivation to try new foods.
- With new changes, it is helpful to make adjustments slowly. Having a visual routine or schedule for your child can help them adjust to changes in time or events. Preparing them for seasonal activities or holiday observances ahead of time gives them a chance to learn about things that may be new or odd to them. They are more likely to go into the event with a sense of comfort, knowing how it will go.
With these tips, we hope that you will have a wonderful fall season.
For more tips and advice on how you could help your child adjust to seasonal changes, please inquire with your Supervising Clinician.
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