Halloween can be a trying time for parents of special needs kids. But it can also be very freeing! This is a time when your kids can face their fears, take a break from being themselves, and have a whole different sensory experience. I found a few interesting articles on what it's like to celebrate Halloween in your own special way - but many of these tips are great for neurotypical families as well. It's just all around good sense and some new thoughts and ideas.
For our part, we last-minute created our first Halloween-y yard, and had the kids participate, as a safe way to start working out the fears and sensory issues. We didn't really have the time - still in the middle of moving - but one trip to the drug store and an hour outside is all it took. Our house is still under construction, so it looked half-haunted already. There are still some challenges. A bit worried someone could step on an actual 3-inch nail in our grass, or slip on a dust-covered board. But we've decided to be brave. And use lots of extra lighting. My eldest has major clothing issues and has changed his costume 5 times already. My youngest is working on his fear of spiders, and he had a blast with these giant "friends". Not really sure where in our quiet neighborhood to find some good trick-or-treating, or whether we can keep our little danger monkeys contained if we do go out. But hey, if we go nowhere at all, at least we've found a fun way to celebrate on our own!
Welcome to our little blog on Family & Special Needs concerns!
Silver Park Arts is Kid-Friendly, Spectrum-Experienced, and thrilled to welcome families, children, and people with special needs. While not yet fully ADA accessible, we give you our promise to provide whatever support possible in our physical space, and also here, online, in the realm of sharing and thought. Elizabeth Bouinatchova, our founder, is a writer and mom of two special needs children. She is passionate about supporting the differently abled, and will use this blog to share her experiences, thoughts, and resources.