Inclusive Halloween events in Massachusetts for kids with special needs are so important this time of year.
Sure, Halloween is super fun and a rite of passage for little kids. But when your child has special needs, it can be….kind of stressful.
My daughter, Lucy, has Down syndrome. And I love Halloween. And she does, too! But the typical Halloween run is fraught with obstacles. Or at least for us.
It’s dark, and Lucy has a hard time seeing. The other kids run from house to house. But Lucy has to take her time. Her costumes can’t be too ornate (itchy!) or too big (tripping!). Stairs are hard to navigate. And the rush of other children can be overwhelming.
Luckily, we found a great crew to trick or treat with, and they understand if we are lagging behind or have to call it quits early.
But I’m so thankful many towns put on Halloween celebrations that celebrate people with all abilities!
Check out the events that our happening for our kids. A lot of them are this weekend, so I hope you got your costumes already. (I’m always late!)
And here are some additional trips from a speech therapist on how to make Halloween more inclusive!
“Some children may not be able to verbalize “trick-or-treat” or respond with “thank you”; thus, it is important to not push for verbal responses
Make sure children can see your face and your mouth when handing out treats, particularly for those with speech issues or hearing issues
For parents who have children with special needs, consider buying or making a trick-or-treat bag that lets people know (e.g., Have a trick-or-treat back that says, “I can’t say trick-or-treat yet, but I’m trying!”)
Be prepared to describe treats for those with vision issues.”
-Andrea Scola, M.S., CCC-SLP, Exceptional Speech Therapy Blog Writer