When trick – or – treating, remember that a child with Autism can be very sensitive to loud noises, crowds and changes in routines.
- If you can, discuss with your child what to expect when trick -or-treating i.e. social norms.
- Sometimes a set of headphones will block out the majority of the noise. However, if you use this be cautious of cars not paying attention.
- Try to stay away from large groups of people.
- Give them warning before you stop trick-or-treating. For example, “We have _____ number of houses left before we go home.”
- Remind your child that some of the things he/she sees are not real.
- If needed, have him/her wear a weighted vest or blanket.