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Hallowe’en is just around the corner!
Hallowe’en is just around the corner! This holiday can be a great opportunity for kids with autism to interact with other children and most importantly have fun! Here are some ABA tips to help kids with autism enjoy this day to the fullest:
• Map out a plan ahead of time (e.g., how many houses will you go to? which houses will you go to? how long will you stay out?). Don’t overdo it, instead think about how to set your child up for success.
• Break down the major events for that day into small steps. Then create a schedule. The schedule can be written or made up of pictures (whatever works best for your child). For example:
Step 1: Put on costume and get trick or treat bag
Step 2: Walk up to a neighbors house with mom/dad
Step 3: Knock on the door
Step 4: When someone answers the door, say “trick or treat”
Step 5: The person will give you something special (e.g., candy)
Step 6: Say thank you
• Create a video model of the steps from your schedule. You can have a sibling, a friend or even a parent act out each step.
• Review the schedule with your child and let them watch the video.
• Role play trick or treating by following the steps in the schedule. More practice = more success.
• Let your child know how he/she did during the role play. Praise them for all the great stuff!!
• Staying in? Have a hallowe’en party at home! Invite some friends over and create trick or treat stations. Children can go trick or treating from station to station.
Are you a neighbor in a community where a child with autism lives? You too can help a child with autism by offering to have a practice run of trick or treating at your house before hallowe’en.