HOW to prepare children with autism for Halloween
For a typically developing child Halloween can be a
tremendous amount of fun.
However, if your child is on the autism spectrum disorder scale
Halloween may not be such a fun time!
Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to have autism sensory processing difficulties with one or maybe all of their senses:
Which can make Halloween
difficult with all the sensory happenings surrounding this
- The Halloween costume this maybe itchy
or scratchy on their skin;
- the spooky lights some houses may choose
- the ringing door bell,
- children shouting or shrieking
Candy many autistic children are on a special diet and may not
be allowed to eat candy.
"On the other hand some autistic kids display
obsessive behaviors, which in some cases can be an obsession with a certain TV or film character. Therefore Halloween may offer the perfect opportunity to dress up as this character
and meet with approval while out trick and treating. Generally
autistic children prefer routines and repetitive behaviors which Halloween
Trick or treating at Halloween does require some
social interaction, however this social interaction is repetitive;
walking from house to house, knocking the door and saying trick or
This gives you plenty of opportunity to practice the
"Halloween trick or treat conversation" with your child
until they are comfortable with it.
Halloween can be fun for children with autism spectrum disorders
Halloween and the autistic child need not be too stressful.
You could try practicing for Halloween with your autistic child; for example
give your child with autism a social skills story to practise the trick or treat conversation with.
Have another child or adult help you and practise using the social skills story them ringing the bell, have somebody open the door and let your autistic child ask trick or treat. The social skills story will help
give your autistic child gentle prompts of their own behavior and what they will need to say and do while trick and treating.
Your child with autism can use the story to help them practise taking the candy offered and saying thank you.
Outside of this the only other time your autistic child may be required to speak is if somebody asks them "who are you".
Generally many parents of autistic children report that using social skills stories around Halloween can help make the whole
experience a lot more enjoyable and far less stressful.
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- Safety rules for trick or treating
- Trick or treating
- Staying with a grown up
- Saying hi
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and they will need to say trick or treat themselves.
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