- Create a Schedule
Make the day as predictable as possible by creating a schedule and posting it somewhere in the home or other venue where it can be seen by all. Use both written steps and directions plus pictures to help them determine for themselves what to expect throughout their holiday adventures. Explain ahead of time, when possible, when known changes will occur.
2. Seek Sensory-Friendly Spaces
Many stores and events offer sensory-friendly locations or times, during the day or night, where those who are sensitive to sights and sounds are able to go to those locations to look around, shop, play, and have fun without the distractions of too much noise or light.
3. Shop at Off-Peak Times or Locations
If providing the experience of shopping for and giving to others, try patronizing smaller establishments or shopping during the mornings or during the week when they’re aren’t as many shoppers out and about. This way you can take your time, no one’s rushing you, and you can calmly and joyfully focus together on the task at hand.
4. Join in on the Festivities
Allow everyone to participate in the fun of the events, from the decorating to the cooking, to the gift wrapping to the singing and greeting of guests. There’s a task for everyone. Everyone should be able to take part in whatever way they’re able.
What other ways do you work to create an enjoyable experience for your consumers during the holidays?