10/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2021 10:25
The excitement for Halloween starts building early for most kids - costumes, candy and goosebumps. But for children with anxiety or sensory processing issues, Halloween presents a unique challenge for parents.
Leaha Jones with Memorial Behavioral Health offers these tips to help minimize Halloween stress:
Children with sensory issues may struggle with wearing various types of fabrics or textures like an itchy tag or tight collar.
Between misty foghorns, spider webs and spooky music, children with heightened sensory awareness experience Halloween much differently than the typical child - think of the stress involved in walking door-to-door, talking to strangers and waiting in line on doorsteps, even being engulfed in large crowds. Role play trick-or-treating ahead of time to help your child feel more comfortable when it comes to the real thing.
Don't be impatient if your child becomes nervous, shy or scared. Your ability to be supportive and encouraging is going to make this experience tolerable and even fun. You know your child best. If you notice they are overstimulated, offer a break or distraction. Go home for a short break and return once regulated.
Pass Out Treats with a Patient Perspective
Each child has different skill sets and comfort levels. Consider the following when you pass out treats to the trick-or-treaters who show up on your doorstep.
Remember - be kind and patient with every child. Unlike physical health disorders, mental health is often disguised. You never know what a child is going through inside. Smile, be friendly and make Halloween a great holiday for all to enjoy.