Accommodating for special needs children on Halloween

Children with autism and other special needs tend to have some anxiety with trick-or-treating, whether they have done it before or not.

News 25 spoke with Wayne Williams, the director of the Center for Autism and Related Development Issues, who gave us a few tips on how to be more accommodating while giving out yummy treats.

Be aware that some children can face sensory overload if there are too many lights or sounds coming from the home. You can also set up at the end of the driveway to make yourself more approachable. It also makes it easier for children in wheelchairs.

Williams says parents will usually be vocal with what their child needs. “Parents, a lot of times, will ask you to maybe do something a little extra for them and it wouldn’t be much. Maybe walking to them and putting candy in there. I think the main thing to give a lot of thought to is that they wanna make sure the child has as much fun as possible.”

Williams says for parents with special needs children it is important to talk to them about what they will experience. If your child is non-verbal you can write ‘trick-or-treat’ on a card for them to hand out while you go door to door.

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