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Tips for autistic children and special occasions

There are definitely pitfalls for children on the autism spectrum with all special occasions, writes Altogether Autism national manager Catherine Trezona.

Here are some tips for families and children wanting to participate in Halloween.

The very first consideration is making sure your child wants to participate. Avoid making any assumptions here. If they do, as with all things to do with autism, preparation is the key. If this is a child’s first Halloween, make very sure they know what to expect.

What is it about Halloween that they like? The trick or treating? Halloween can be very scary with flashing lights, interaction with strangers, over-excited children, and sugar overload – pretty much an autistic child’s nightmare.

For some children, it is better for Halloween to come to their place rather than them to go out into the neighbourhood.

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