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Tips for Enjoying Halloween with Sensory Challenges by the American Occupational Therapy Association

Between 5% and 15% of children demonstrate difficulties with sensory processing—the interpretation of and response to sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and perception of movement and position. How do you adapt the environment and activities on Halloween for these children? The following tips are from pediatric occupational therapists.

To help your child know what to expect:

Prepare your child for the holiday by discussing some of the associated traditions and activities. Read a book, create a story, or role play. Many Halloween traditions clash with established rules, like taking candy from strangers. To help your child understand what Halloween is—and is not—review your values and establish rules and boundaries.