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Dog Days of Summer: Heat and Hypersensitivity

Summer’s heating up and depending on your location, heat may at times seem impossible to escape.  How does excessive heat impact individuals touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Many on the Spectrum experience challenges of hypersensitivity – Most commonly recognized when senses are heightened and feel difficult to control or manage. 

This summer, help your loved one manage sensitivities with these three tips:

Stay Hydrated
Water is key. On a sweltering day, a bit of water can turn almost any frown upside down. We may plan to play outside in the summer sun, but be sure hydration stays within healthy levels to avoid many health concerns or reactions. 

Of course, one likely presentation of ASD may appear in the form of food or liquid aversions. However, there are alternative ways to boost your child’s water intake through specific foods. Visit  to learn about the water percentages available in common foods. 

Let’s Chill
Every once in a while, we all need a break from the heat. Be sure to plan breaks from the heat when possible. Stepping inside an air-conditioned area can help lower internal temperatures and cool down the possibilities of adverse reactions.  

When an indoor break is not possible, consider packing ice packs or a portable fan to help cool off outside. If possible, plan ahead to ensure a cooling station will be available to you and your child.

Dress for Success
Individuals with hypersensitivity may feel more or less comfortable in certain attire. Consider trying a few weather-appropriate clothing options to fit the comfort of your child. Light and airy materials such as loose-fitting cotton clothing may provide satisfactory results for kids combatting the summer heat. 

The dog days of summer may be here, but don’t them ruin the final countdown of summer break. Help your loved one anticipate their needs and feel cool and comfortable this summer.

How to make sure your child with autism drinks enough water – Mendability

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