How To Have A Sensory-Friendly Halloween: Social Story For Trick-or-Treating
Sensory-avoiding children are often resistant to change because change represents an opportunity to experience unfamiliar and potentially distressing stimulation. Transitions can be challenging for children with sensory differences, as they tend to prefer consistency and routine, so that he knows exactly what to expect. Social stories are a great way to prepare your child for novel experiences or changes in his routine. Social stories are a tool used to help talk-through new situations and prepare for change and transitions.
Tip #1: Create a Trick-or-treating/Halloween Social Story
Create a trick-or-treating social story specific to your plans or you can download the general trick-or-treating social story we have created here!
Tip #2: Read the Social Story
Read the social story to your child every night for at least a week prior to trick-or-treating for Halloween. This will help your child familiarize herself with what to expect and helps give her a sense of control.
Tip #3: Ask Questions About the Social Story
Ask your child questions regarding the social story to ensure she has understood the story, as it relates to her on Halloween.
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Written by: Carleigh Brawley, MS, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist