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Sensory Sensitive and Change of Seasons

The  winter air is losing its chill, which means one thing: Spring is just around  the corner. While the expected warmer weather is a welcome sign for many  people, for a sensory sensitive child, the change in seasons can be challenging.  Warmer weather, longer daylight hours and changes in routine and clothing  can all exacerbate sensory sensitivities. If you have a child with sensory  processing issues, the following tips can help you alleviate his struggles  with a change in seasons, so the arrival of spring is hopeful — not stressful.

Revisit  Springtime Clothes Early

Several weeks before the warm weather actually  arrives, get your child's spring clothing out of his closet and help him  get reacquainted with them. Go through each piece to remind him of what  he has worn in previous years, let him physically handle the clothes and  have him practice trying them on. Getting used to feeling different fabrics  on his skin (e.g., cotton and linen instead of wool or cashmere) will help  ease his tactile sensitivity when it comes time to actually wear the clothing.  It may also help to wash clothes with fabric softener before he has  to wear them, so the fabric feels smoother and softer on the skin.

Prepare for  Allergies

Allergies tend to flare up with changes in the weather. So, at  your regular pediatrician visit, consult with the doctor about what you  can do to alleviate or prevent potential allergic reactions. If your child  has severe allergies, she may recommend supplements or medicines that can  help ease the symptoms.

Changing routines can be a struggle for any child,  but seasonal changes create particular challenges for kids that have sensory  processing issues. Taking a few small steps in your home can help alleviate the unpleasant symptoms that sensory sensitive  kids deal with during shifts in the weather.

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