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When July Explodes: Sensitive Kids on an Overstimulating Holiday

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Hypersensitivity to extreme heat or cold, and to loud/bright/all-consuming holidays and big celebrations is a way of life. If your child loves July 4 but someone always ends up in tears, here are four practical ways to prepare yourself and your family:Fireworks are ubiquitous on Independence Day.

Our family learned the hard about our son’s sensory sensitivities to fireworks when he was 2 years old. He had a public meltdown complete with kicking, screaming, tears, and fist throwing.

His 2-year-old self couldn’t articulate what was happening to his little body as the fireworks blasted his eardrums and the light display pierced his eyes.

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