By Ascend Staff Tristika Weaver-Maddox, COTA/L
Halloween activities are in full swing, and as you get ready for the big day on October 31, here are a few tips from our OT expert to help you prepare your kids for Halloween events.
How to create a sensory friendly experience:
- Most pre-made costumes are made with itchy and bulky pieces of fabric which aren’t always comfortable to wear.
- Creating costumes which are light weight may help ground your sensory sensitive child and help them feel secure.
- Keep in mind that adding makeup to their face, or wearing masks can alter their line of sight causing tripping or falling.
- It can also cause irritation to the skin and eyes. Do not force children to wear uncomfortable masks or accessories.
- Familiarize kids to the change in weather, leaves falling, changing colors and spooky decorations.
- Prepare your kids for loud noises, laughter and giggles while they are trick or treating.
- Go out at dusk or before the streets get dark and crowded.
- Create a smaller environment to decrease the chances of meltdowns and limiting the environment to familiar family and friends.