People watching a bonfire

Bonfire night is a tradition in the UK that stretches all the way back to 1605 when people celebrated King James I surviving a plot to take his life led by Guy Fawkes. People began to light bonfires and the 5th November became a national day of thanksgiving. This tradition has lasted through many centuries as it developed, Fireworks were introduced and became part of the yearly celebration, along with bonfire toffee, torchlight processions and sparklers!

Fast forward to 2017 and the tradition of bonfire night continues, people up and down the UK will head to a local bonfire to witness a firework display whilst others will stay at home and have one in their own garden. It is a night full of meeting family, friends and getting together with your local community as people head out in the dark, wrapped up in warm winter clothing.

It is also a time when the senses can be heightened with loud bangs, hot fire and noisy people, creating an uneasy situation for someone who suffers from sensory processing disorder (SPD).

We’re going to give you some helpful tips as to how you can make the most of your bonfire night if you or a loved one have SPD.

Get used to the loud noises of fireworks

One of the most triggering aspects of bonfire night is loud noises from fireworks. They can be great to look at and create a dazzling sensory spectacle, but the loud noises can trigger anxiety and panic if someone is not used to them. To combat this, it is a good idea to get used to loud bangs before bonfire night, there are lots of videos on YouTube where you can watch firework displays, try watching these with headphones and introduce the loud noises in a safe place. Using headphones