3. Practice makes perfect!
Practice dressing up in costumes or trick-or-treating around the house to teach your child what to expect and how to act when the "big day" arrives. Act out specific scenarios like if someone asks them "What are you dressed up as?" or says "I love your costume!"
4. Do a walk-through of the neighborhood ahead of time.
Choose the houses you are going to visit and tell your neighbors what to expect and how to approach your child. Make sure there are not any spooky decorations or blinking lights that could upset your child.
5. Arrive early, be flexible, and have FUN!
The more confident and at ease you are, the more fun your child will have. And be sure to make mental notes throughout the evening to make next year even more special. Happy Halloween!
About the ELIJA Foundation
The ELIJA Foundation offers workshops and outreach services for families affected by autism. To schedule a private consultation, email Jane Kaplan at JKaplan@elijaschool.org.
The ELIJA Foundation is located at 100 Periwinkle Road, Levittown, NY. For more information: www.ELIJA.org or 516-216-5270.