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How to prepare children with autism for Halloween

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Halloween, for a typically developing child can be a tremendous amount of fun. However for a child with autism Halloween can be overwhelming, confusing and stressful, with all the sensory happenings connected to this holiday.

 

For example, there is the costume, this may feel itchy or scratchy on their skin, the spooky lights that some houses may display, the ringing doorbells, the noises of other children shouting and shrieking and candy many autistic children are on a special diet and may not be allowed to eat candy.

 

On the other hand Halloween can also present some autistic children with the chance to dress up as their favourite character and meet with the approval of neighbours and friends. Generally Halloween is repetitive, which is ideal for children on the spectrum who prefer routines and repetitiveness.

 

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 treat.

 

When deciding on how to prepare children with autism for Halloween, it is a good idea to plan a route with your child beforehand that you will stick to. Choose a time to leave the house, plan a path, and know what will happen when you come home will your child be allowed to eat the candy?  What can they he eat? If the candy is not a good choice, what substitute treat will he get etc.

 

Try to keep things simple, prepare your child for the “Trick or Treat” question by practising it with your child. Social stories are a good autism resource for this.

 

When preparing children with autism for Halloween social skills stories can be beneficial, as a social skills story will show, as well as tell the ASD child exactly what to expect and what others will expect from them.

 

It is advisable to read the social story together, as often as possible. Ask your child questions like “what if no one is home, or they don’t answer the door” This will also help your ASD child understand that it’s ok to skip a house.

 

Social skills stories can help your ASD child understand and remember the “Trick or Treat” question and that it is polite to take a piece of candy from a basket and say thank you, and that you will sort the treat bag your child has once you get back home, and so on.

 

It is also a good idea to be prepared before you actually leave the house for example scout round the neighbourhood before hand on your own looking for decorations that might upset your ASD child. For example does any house have flashing lights that could trigger a sensory reaction, if so skip that house, or visit ahead of time to avoid melt-downs.

 

Halloween social skills stories are easy to locate and implement, they can help with a majority of situations and skills that are needed during this time, from the trick or treat question, to preparing the pumpkin, saying thank you and so on.

 

Halloween social skills stories on how to prepare children with autism for Halloween can be quickly accessed and downloaded from

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/halloween

Other social skills stories are also available from http://www.autismsocialstoris.com

 

 

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Halloween for children with autism spectrum disorder

Monday, October 5th, 2009

There are various ways you can prepare your child with autism for Halloween.


Halloween for children with autism spectrum disorder need not be a dreadful experience. For most typically developing children Halloween is a great amount of fun. However for some autistic children and their families Halloween can be an awful experience.

 

Tips for autism and Halloween:

 

The first and probably most important thing to consider is the autism sensory processing issues associated with Halloween.

 

For example if your child with autism suffers from autism sensory processing issues in any of the senses these should be addressed. Some autistic kids may find their costume itchy, the excessive candy a lot of autistic kids are on special diets and may not be allowed candy. Noise will be an issue, ringing door bells and shrieking children.

 

However with some careful forward planning you can prepare your child with autism for Halloween. This can be done using social skills stories.

 

A few things need to be taken into account when thinking about Halloween for children with autism spectrum disorder like road safety, staying with an adult and practicing the trick or treat conversation.

 

All these skills can be practiced before Halloween using social skills stories to help your child understand what will be expected of them at Halloween and what they can expect from others.


To download social skills stories for autistic children at Halloween. Plus tips for autism Halloween visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/Halloween

 

Get support and social skills stories for autistic children at Halloween to help you prepare your child with autism for Halloween.

 

 

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