Making Halloween Fun For Kids With Autism
This is a post in the weekly Autism Hopes series by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez, a mom who blogs over at AutismWonderland.
For many kids with autism, Halloween can be extremely difficult. It’s sensory overload and possible diet restrictions. They may not like the idea of dressing up or seeing people in creepy costumes.
Halloween hasn’t always been easy for us. We’ve had a few years of trial and error. Last year was the first year my son Norrin really understood the concept of Halloween and was excited about it. And this year, he’s even more excited. Seeing him so excited about it, makes me excited about it. Because it means progress! And I love progress.
While it may seem early to talk about Halloween, I’ve learned a happy Halloween needs plenty of preparation. Here are few tips that will make Halloween fun for your kid and less stressful for you:
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. I cannot stress this enough. It’s important that you talk to your child and prepare them so they know what to expect. There are so many great books on Halloween that your kids will enjoy. (I like to buy holiday books, after the holiday when they’re on sale.) Another great way to prepare your kid is to make your own social story. Personalize it by using their pictures and pictures of the neighborhood. You can also use a fun calendar to count down to the days to build a sense of excitement. Buy your costume in advance – do not wait until the last minute.
Staying home is okay too. It’s perfectly fine if your child wants to stay home. You can still make Halloween fun. Maybe your kids can greet trick or treaters (this can be fantastic way to work on social skills). Or you can do something fun like bake cupcakes, order take out or watch a Halloween movie together.
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