Tuesday, October 30, 2012

An open-minded Halloween

I read this today on a friend's Facebook page. I posted it here so I wouldn't forget it.

Tomorrow, a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say "trick or treat" or "thank you" might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy. The child who isn't wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism. Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It's everyone's Halloween. Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child.

Let us not forget -- a child's disability or special needs is a family's way of life. It is not a hinderance or a difficulty -- it's their life. And life happens everyday... even on Halloween.

1 comment:

  1. this is great, I will post it on my facebook when the day comes. thanks for sharing


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