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Trick-or-Treating, TPGA-Style

Our community: All trick-or-treaters welcome, everyone who wants to participate, does. It’s Halloween! Are you or your family going trick-or-treating? Some of our families have it down to a successful science, and follow the advice from our perennial TPGA Halloween  post: Do you think your child will enjoy trick-or-treating, but are worried it may not be appropriate for them? If they tire easily, or have easily-triggered and unpredictable meltdowns, then plan a limited route close to home, or have another adult trail your crew in a getaway car. If your child has limited mobility or is in a wheelchair, scope out your trick-or-treat route ahead of time so you can note non-accessible houses and avoid them. Please let us know your own Halloween tips, tricks, and successes. We hope your Halloween is a good one. —- We’ve kept this short, because our thoughts are with those of you who are…

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How to Help Your Autistic Kids Have the Best Halloween Ever

Shannon Des Roches Rosa www.ThinkingAutismGuide.com When it comes to Halloween and autistic kids, parents need to be clear-headed, creative, and flexible, and prioritize our kids’ needs and stamina. So, if you’re in the market for Halloweening advice, let me dump some on your head, courtesy of personal experience, friends’ adventures, the Internet, and the Twitterverse. Does your child find the entire concept of Halloween overwhelmingly frightening? Then sit down with your child and read as many books about Halloween as you can, talk about what kinds of activities may be available, agree ahead of time which activities your child will participate in and to what degree, and reassure them that they can opt out of anything, any time (and then weave behind-the-scenes spells to ensure that your promise holds). Does your child need encouragement to try new or different things? Trick-or-treating may be just the ticket, given the treats they’ll…