Some Tips for a Fun-Filled Halloween for Special Needs Kids!
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year for our children, a time where they can dress up, go trick-or-treating and most importantly have fun. Sometimes though, this holiday can be overwhelming or difficult for children with special needs and their parents too. To avoid the stress of the holiday in advance, here are some tips to make Halloween as fun as possible for your kids!
Some kids with sensory difficulties may not want to wear certain fabrics or costumes for Halloween. It is important to find a costume that they feel comfortable in so that their holiday can be as painless as possible. Sometimes costumes involving clothes they already own and are familiar with are a great option, as well as involving characters or cartoons they enjoy as well. Letting your child wear their Halloween costumes before Halloween day is another way to get them comfortable in unfamiliar clothing.
Plan the day beforehand
Many kids with special needs may have a hard time adjusting to a schedule and routine that is out of the usual. It is important to talk to your children about your Halloween activities before the day comes in order to get them accustomed to the change. For example, if you are planning to trick or treat, perhaps practice knocking on your door to rehearse what they should say and do. Let them know what other things they should expect whether going to a friends house or public place, this way nothing will come as a surprise.
Loud or intense visual decorations
Some decorations may be intense for children with sensory difficulties. They may be loud, scream, be scary, or be visually overwhelming. It may be a good option to scope out the neighborhood you are planning to trick-or-treat in beforehand to see if any decorations may cause your child to be upset in any way. If you see homes with lights or loud decorations, you can know in advance to avoid these houses and avoid any unnecessary discomfort for both you and your child. After all, this holiday is one of the most fun events of the year!
As you know, at Karate for All and Centra Pediatric Therapy, we also have great programs for the kids including our Halloween-themed obstacle course that allows them to have fun in a safe, familiar setting.
We hope you all have a fun and easy Halloween this year with you and your children! We will see you all in your costumes for our Halloween obstacle course and activities! As always, thank you all for being valued members of our Karate for All family!
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