This guest post was sent to us by Tricia Reynolds who is a blogger at The Book of Timothy. You can read her original post on her blog here. Are you taking your child with autism out today for Halloween? Check out our Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders here.
It happens every year.
After A LOT of prep and apt timing on our part to get the costume on (and feeling right); sometimes only half a costume actually gets worn. There are no wigs, masks or make up. Usually our prep includes several weeks of practice trick or treating at both our home and therapy. Due to the fact that in the past Timothy had absolutely no language, there was a bit of explaining at every door by Dad.
“Timothy has autism and doesn’t use words” that gravitated to just a loud “thank you” to eventually just a wave and smile if we got far enough. By far enough, I mean around the block without a meltdown.
While this year he has gained the ability to actually SAY “Trick or treat” most of the time; he lacks the understanding and social graces of the average grade one kid. Autism’s kind of like that.
So this year, I am warning all of y’all in West Brant; that you may have a home intruder on your hands…He is about 3 foot 11 in tall, 50 lbs and will be dressed as a charming little Batman wannabe, who may or may not be wearing a mask. He will be excited and he will be loud. He may try to run inside your house but please have patience he means no harm. His Daddy is there and will be watching closely nearby trying to make his night as successful as possible.
Because Halloween should be enjoyed by all kids….autism, down syndrome, leukemia, cerebral palsy, walking or wheelchair; whatever their exceptionality may be. They are ALL kids. Please be kind and treat them the same. Different is not wrong or weird. Its just different.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!