The clocks ‘fall back’ on November 4th at 2am!
Here are a few tips from our team on how to make the change a smooth transition!
- Start by helping your child predict what will change when seasons shift including changing temperature, weather and hours of daylight.
- Due to more layers, your child’s tactile sensitivity may kick in. Feeling for itchy or scratchy fabric and adding additional layers little by little may reduce increased sensitivity.
- Teach your child about Daylight Saving Time, and explain that “Spring Forward, Fall Back” means that we set our clocks back one hour, losing an hour of sunlight in the evening. This tends to interfere with the sleep-wake cycle of sensitive kids who are used to going to bed a certain number of hours after the sun goes down.
- You can prepare your child for the time change in advance by adjusting bedtime in small increments. Try to move bedtime forward several minutes a day several days in advance so that when the clock changes on Sunday, their internal time clock won’t feel as out of whack. Be sure to get everyone up at their regular time Sunday morning.
- To increase melatonin levels (a hormone that regulates circadian rhythms), make sure your child gets access to daylight in the morning hours. Eat breakfast by the window, or go for a short morning walk!
- Focus on the fun activities that fall and winter can bring like jumping in leaf piles, carving pumpkins, sledding, and building snowmen!
Written By: Katie Engh, COTA/L, Occupational Therapy