Celebrating the 4th of July with sensory sensitive children


Baton Rouge, La- As the nation’s Independence Day looms ahead, 4-year-old Griffin Wilks’ family is trying to prepare him for the bright colors and loud noises that accompany holiday festivities.

Griffin is one of hundreds of children that suffer from sensory issues. This means his brain has trouble ingesting and processing information coming in from the five senses, and in his case, sound is the most difficult to handle. If he’s overloaded with too much sound, or an abrupt noise, Griffin may have a reaction, where he screams

“He wants to be held, and he wants to be assured as much as possible, physically and especially verbally that everything is okay,” his father, Scott Wilks said.

When holidays roll around, families with sensitive children like Griffin, may feel they can’t join in on the same activities as other people.

But, child specialists at the Emerge School for Austism disagree.

There are steps you can take to calm a child with sensory overload issues.

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