Guest Blog by Karishma Bakshani
Halloween: that one day of the year when even the most typical child can experience sensory overload! If your child has ADHD, Autism, or even a few sensory issues, check out these 5 simple tips to a fun and manageable Halloween.
- Have your child try on his costume at least one week before Halloween. This prevents the OMG moments that can arise from itchy or tight clothing. You’ll get a chance to cut off all those troublesome tags too!
- Have replacement treats if your child is on a special diet and have a plan that your child agrees on for switching to “safe” candy.
- Plan your family’s Halloween fun! Invite friends that your child feels comfortable with for snacks and trick or treating. Creating an environment where your child feels safe and at ease will help them stay calm and focus on the fun!
- Try to stick to regular meal and bedtime routines as much as possible. Cranky and hungry kids are scary even without the costumes!
- Realize that it’s Halloween and the most important part of the day is NOT getting the perfect picture with the scarecrow, making jack-o-lantern cupcakes, or reaching every house on the block. The most important aspect of any holiday is spending time with your sweet little pumpkin!
Karishma Bakshani, her husband and two small children are long-time residents of Troup County. Karishma works for Camp Academia Inc., an educational consulting firm that specializes in children with learning disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).