By Reneé Britt, Dawson's mom
Halloween can be both challenging and rewarding for families with kids who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The little things that come naturally to most kids on Halloween—running to a neighbor’s door, speaking to strangers and reaching into a basket full of candy—can be tough for kids with ASD. This year, Reneé Britt, whose son is a patient at Marcus Autism Center, offers tips to help make this holiday more enjoyable for fellow ASD parents and neighbors hosting trick-or-treaters.
My son Dawson was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when he was 3 years old. We’ve found that maintaining a routine and making detailed plans helps us navigate holidays and ensures that our family has fun and stays safe.
These are our Halloween musts:
Remember, Halloween is a fun time for your family. To my fellow ASD parents, don't sweat the small stuff and focus on finding what works for you. To the community, be open-minded and patient when the pint-sized racecar driver at your front door is still practicing his, “Trick or treat!”