Managing Sensory Differences With Little Ghouls and Goblins

Occupational Therapy
Many children demonstrate challenges processing sensory information, such as sight, sound, taste, touch input and perception of position and movement in space.  Holidays can magnify these challenges.  Here are some tips to address these challenges:
  • Ensure costumes are not too scratchy, tight or stiff.  Make sure your child can move with ease or won't trip.  Consider whether they will be too hot or too cold in their costume.  Masks and face paint do not often work well with children with facial sensitivity.
  • Try trick-or-treating on a quiet street early in the evening with more light.
  • Practice the sequence of trick-or-treating and perhaps start with close family and friends.
  • If this is too hard, have your child pass out candy instead!

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