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How to Help Your Child On the Spectrum Conquer Their Fear of Storms

Summer is officially in full swing. That means no school, playing outside, swimming at the pool, hot days, and of course, good old fashioned summer thunderstorms. While many of us enjoy the storms that occur frequently this time of year, others struggle with them. Between the loud rolls of thunder and bright flashes of lightning, these storms can cause anxiety and sensory overload for some children on the spectrum. Below, find several articles that give you options on how to help your child on the spectrum conquer their fear of storms. Although there is similarities within the articles, each one provides a unique take on the issue and will hopefully provide some guidance and relief to your child.

“Helping Your Autistic Child Work Through Their Fear of Storms”

by Brooke Price

This post includes a list of 9 ideas that parents can use to help their child overcome their fear of storms. Practicing relaxation strategies, and encouraging your child to take control of their feelings during a stressful time such as a storm, are just two of the great ideas in this article.

“Autism and Thunder: Parents seek advice to ease child’s extreme fear”

by Judy Reaven

In this piece from Autism Speaks, tools such as coping mechanisms and working with a psychologist are just a couple of suggestions for parents to utilize.

“Hate Storms?”

by Melissa Foster

Technology is your answer according to this article. Although she provides other ideas, items such as noise cancelling headphones and and iPad can be a welcomed distraction during the chaotic duration of a storm.

“Summer Fun: A Recipe for Sensory Overload”

by Shannon Doty

Although this article covers much more than just issues with storms, the storm section emphasizes a need to properly educate your child about storms and bad weather. It also suggests creating a weather safety kit so your family is prepared in the event of a bad storm.

“Helping Kids with Autism Cope With Storms”  

by Autism Calgary

This article focuses on planning for storms and then working on coping skills for different parts of the storm. For example, how to handle power outages and news coverage of the storm. Prepping for the storm and working through the emotions that come with it, can lead to smoother sailing for you and your child.

PHI wishes everyone a safe and fun-filled remainder of your summer!

For helpful summer travel tips, read our blog post about vacationing with a child with autism.

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