NOFASD Australia is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health.

A FASD-INFORMED EASTER

A FASD-INFORMED EASTER

As Easter approaches during this pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty around how to celebrate this year. Public events are out of the question, so most families who choose to celebrate Easter will be doing so at home. For families living with FASD, traditions can hold particular challenges, such as sensory overload and exposure to triggering foods. Here are some strategies to support calm over the Easter weekend:

Think about what food sensitivities your child has. Many children with FASD respond poorly to sugar, preservatives, colourings, and other foods. It might be best to avoid chocolate. The Children’s Treatment Network provides a list of non-edible treats, which are listed at the end of this blog.

Plan self-regulation strategies. Children may become very excited, or overstimulated, during Easter activities. Plan calming activities into your day. Make a plan with your child for what to do if they become overstimulated – perhaps create a quiet place to go, or a calming activity such as drawing or colouring. PRACTICE the plan with your child before Easter.

Children with FASD can have difficulty understanding the magic around the Easter bunny. For some, the fantasy world is lots of fun, for others it may simply trigger anxiety. You may wish to consider Mama Maremma’s reflections on Santa – to be or not to be.

27373434 m

Easter egg hunt

For some children, an Easter egg hunt may not be a suitable activity – triggering anxiety and/or overstimulation. You may wish to skip the egg hunt and do other fun activities such as:

  • decorate hard-boiled eggs with crayons, paint, dye or stickers
  • create Easter crafts
  • decorate the house or garden; you may like to make an Easter display in a front window for your neighbours
  • download Easter colouring pages or encourage your child to draw

26820685 m

Tips for a supportive Easter egg hunt

If you choose to create an egg hunt for a child with FASD, these tips may help you to plan for success:

  • To avoid chocolate, you may wish to wrap grapes or other fruit in coloured foil, providing the excitement of the hunt and a sweet treat when children find an “egg”.
  • Think about your child’s sensory needs and the possibility of overstimulation from colours, lights, and physical sensations. Perhaps a single colour is better than multicoloured eggs.
  • Can you give your child something for sensory soothing? For example a soft bunny toy or something smooth and cold (depending on your child’s preferences).
  • Instead of hunting around the house, consider making a large sensory bin full of rice, shredded paper or cotton balls. Hide eggs, toys or trinkets inside for kids to find.
  • If you have multiple children, do you need to plan to keep the hunt fair? It might reduce stress if every child gets the same number of treats.
  • Consider a bunny hunt rather than an egg hunt – for example you may choose to hide a bunny toy for your child, with a trail of clues to find it.

 

  • For a different bunny hunt, you could print pictures of rabbits to hide. Your child could exchange 5 bunny pictures for an Easter prize (eg. a game or toy).

Remember every child is different and it is important to consider your unique child when planning activities. Feel free to contact NOFASD Australia on 1800 860 613 to discuss your unique child and plan strategies.

Read more NOFASD Australia blogs here

 

Non-edible treat ideas

These were taken from the Children’s Treatment Network blog Inclusive Easter: 20 non-edible treat ideas and tips for an egg hunt for kids with special needs

  1. Stickers
  2. Toy car
  3. Doll clothes
  4. Plastic parachute toy
  5. Dice
  6. Glow bracelets or glow sticks (if appropriate)
  7. Temporary tattoos (if appropriate for your child)
  8. Erasers
  9. Small bouncy balls
  10. Coupons for an at-home movie night, a special game or a special treat
  11. Self-inking stamps
  12. Mini flashlights
  13. Finger puppets
  14. Mini bubbles
  15. Hair clips
  16. Pencil grips or fidget toys
  17. Nail polish or lip gloss
  18. Craft supplies
  19. Miniature “slinky” type magic springs
  20. Play dough or Silly Putty

Share this post via one of the above social media platforms :)

Thank you for helping us create more awareness. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us

Archives

Pin It on Pinterest

NOFASD Australia

Bridge the gap and Share this post via your chosen social network.