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Fewer Tricks, More Treats: Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Autism

Happy HalloweenHalloween festivities don’t have to be a horror show — handle holidays happily with these tips for parents of kids with autism and Asperger’s:

1. Get Ready – Use pictures, YouTube videos and books to help your child learn more about Halloween and the activities associated with it. It may help to develop a personal social story. Keep the costume very simple, and avoid masks or make-up that may present a sensory overload for your child.

2. Get Set – Take short walks in your neighborhood and practice by knocking on doors of friends. Be sure your child knows what to expect when the door opens. Let your child wear his or her costume at home to get used to how it feels.

3. Go – Set out early, while it is still light and plan to go to just a few houses. If there are siblings, it may be a good idea to get a sitter to stay with your child while you continue to trick or treat with your other children.

4. …Or Don’t Go – Halloween can be fun at home. Your child can answer the door and hand out candy to other children, or you can enjoy Halloween goodies together while watching a favorite movie.

Staff members at our Voorhees campus help prep students for Halloween by going trick-or-treating together as a class at locations in the community. Check back soon, we’ll post some photos of their trip.

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