ABA for the Fall and Halloween.
Halloween is creeping towards us, dressing up as our favorite superheroes and all kinds of fun and spooky costumes. Trick or treating and way too much candy.
For children diagnosed with autism Halloween can be a very overwhelming experience. A lot of unfamiliar protocols and behaviors, too many strange new faces and scary masks, can lead to meltdowns and increase the risks of new behaviors. Wearing a costume may feel to restrictive and not possible for children diagnosed with autism. Strangers can also be a safety concern. Preparing for Halloween, discussing safety and similar concerns is crucial for any child. The same is true for children diagnosed with autism. Practicing trick or treating using ABA methodology can help prepare a child for the uncertainties that are bound to arise. Exposing children to the discomfort of their costumes beforehand can decrease tension on Halloween. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
1- Have a route set up prior to trick or treating. If possible discuss it with your child so they do not get confused.
2- Practice social norms when accepting a candy and reacting to strangers in spooky costumes.
3- Replacing a costume with a fun character T-shirt is okay.
4- Try to minimize restrictive and uncomfortable costumes and accessories. Such as, tight or itchy costumes, masks and make-up.
5- Most importantly stay positive, calm and have FUN!
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