Being on vacation with sensory sensitive children with a sensory processing disorder can be challenging. You want to make sure everyone in the family has a good time and also that your child isn’t overwhelmed or uncomfortable. If you are hoping to get outdoors there are some great nature outings that even the most sensitive children will love. Here are some great outdoor excursions to take with the whole family in tow.
One of the best things about a zoo is that without having to touch or immerse yourself in it, you can be introduced to animals and natural habitats. Take a trip to your local zoo, and you can learn everything about nature and see animals, and your child can get as far or as close to the exhibits as they want.
Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Many cities across India and beyond have nature centers. The preserves have well-landscaped paths and gardens where you can wander through forests, trees, and plants easily. Look up your closest local nature center and plan a trip there. The good part about nature centers is that they give you a chance to explore natural environments, plants and animals, and they also usually have programming (like classes, shows, films, and more), where everyone can learn more about the environment.
A Nearby Swimming Lake
Consider going to a nearby lake at an off hour or day, when there aren’t too many other families. Sensory sensitive children may have a bit of a harder time adjusting to being in the water, but once they get used to the feeling, swimming in water can be very good for a sensory sensitive child, thanks to hydrostatic deep pressure, which helps a body feel good. Help children get used to bathing suits and sunscreen before you go since you don’t want these sensations to make anything unpleasant. Once you’re there, allow your sensory sensitive children to wade in slowly and float.
If your child is dealing with sensory input processing or is already known to have a processing disorder, please contact us online to learn more about how the IIAHP Achievement Center Program could help.