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How does fireworks effect people with special needs children/adults:

We all know its fireworks months, but did you know it effects special needs children and adults?

Fireworks are lovely to see in the sky but most people with special needs can’t handle the unexpected noises some fireworks make.

Fireworks can cause anxiety and stress for a person specially if they have autism as they don’t like noises and it can also be a sensory issue for them. This means it can cause them to have sensory overload and may cry.

What can we do to help a person with special needs:

We can prepare them as much as possible before the month comes around like counting down the days, show them pictures and videos of what fireworks are and teach them how to stay calm for example ear defenders blocks out the noises and keep them busy with their special interest this way, they are busy and may not hear all the loud fireworks. If possible, stay at home with the children and keep the TV on such as music which can also help block out some noises. The calmer everyone is then the child will be too.

What I think about fireworks and how does it impact me:

I think fireworks is very pretty in the sky and it’s also a special day because it’s also my birthday, so it's like a bigger celebration. I don’t mind the fireworks just at night when I’m sleeping and if there are very loud ones, but I also happen to be busy celebrating my Birthday, so I don’t notice it much at home. As a family we normally spend the evening doing sparklers instead of fireworks, but fireworks can be very scary if you are walking home in the dark.


If you do celebrate fireworks or sparklers remember to keep warm and keep children safe as well as pets and enjoy your evening watching them. Remember to teach children how dangerous fireworks can be so, make sure you are far back away from them. Always remember to put out the sparklers after you finished them this is also a good way to get children learning about cold and hot objects such as cold bucket of water and the hot item is the sparklers.

Thank you for reading the blog. If you have a child with a diagnosis of, or possible, special educational needs (SEND) and/or behavioural needs including speech and language delay, focus and concentration difficulties, memory difficulties, sensory processing disorder, autism and high-functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome), ADHD / ADD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, sensory needs, Down’s Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, emotional challenges and other SEND needs please get in touch with SEND Tutoring or
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