Health officials raise autism awareness with trick-or-treating tips

SALISBURY, Md. – We’re just 14 days away from Halloween which means we’ll be seeing children of all ages out and about trick or treating. And this year, health officials are reminding the public to be patient with kids who have special needs. For some children who either are autistic or have a sensory disorder, trick-or-treating can sometimes cause a lot of anxiety. But health officials say whether you’re a parent or a neighbor giving out candy it’s best to take your time.
They say for some children with autism, it can take them longer to approach your house, pick a piece of candy and then leave afterward. While others may be nonverbal. And just because they don’t say “trick-or-treat” or “thank you,” doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoying the experience.

“If you have a child with these different sensitivities or issues, I always just say follow their lead. It’s supposed to be a fun night and however you can do that for them and make them comfortable is great,” said psychologist Dr. Samantha Scott.

 

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