Hot weather and summer holidays

26/09/2018 - Published by

Blogger Pip Else – Paediatric OT

July 2018



In 2016 we posted about traveling abroad and some tips for children with additional needs. This focused on airport travel and holiday destinations.

Further information on this can be accessed at:

In addition to planning your travel and destination, I think it is really important to think about how the weather will be affecting:

  • those kids who find it hard to regulate and manage their temperature
  • from children with sensory processing difficulties
  • to children with physical disabilities.

Typically children with Autism and sensory processing difficulties do not know how to regulate their temperature such as

  • not wearing the appropriate clothing
  • not drinking enough fluids

They will require continued support from adults around them to help ensure they are well hydrated and clothing is removed when appropriate.

Hot weather and sensory processing:

Applying sun cream:

Children who are tactile defensive often struggle to tolerate sun cream; use a spray which dries fast and will cause less irritation. A clear spray sun cream which is light might be easier to apply and dry quicker.


For those children who dislike not having clothes on, try to wet their clothes if they will tolerate this; such as having their sun hat soaked in water so it keeps them cool. Encourage having access to regular water play such as a paddling pool and use fans to help keep them cool.


To keep children well hydrated create fun ways of keeping them cool by using ice to crunch. Make your own ice lollies and freeze fresh fruit such as grapes and raspberries.


Allow plenty of breaks from being in the sun, whether this is indoors or under the parasol. Find places which are air conditioned when out and about and use electric fans at home.

COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep you up-to-date with our service provision, which as you can appreciate is changing daily.

For reassurance CTS have set up a ‘Best Practice’ policy to ensure all our Occupational Therapists and Office Staff are working to the highest standard at all times; where ever we are based in the UK.

We are currently NOT seeing families at our designated CTS Clinics conforming to the recent request 23rd March 2020 @ 2030hrs from our government and NHS.

CTS are wanting to reassure you that we are highly committed to you and your child’s OT needs are cared for. We appreciate a lot of our families and service users are vulnerable and many have EHCP’s in place. As a service this requires us to ensure we continue to safeguard and meet the welfare needs of our service users effectively.

We are now providing alternative therapy to continue to support children, families and in some cases parents. We are using your appointment times and making contact via phone calls, conference calls, emails, Zoom and or Skype to support Telehealth Interventions.

Letters are being sent out to all our service users to reassure our commitment.

Please be reassured that all staff are taking every precaution to support our country in preventing the spread of this virus.

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