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October 25, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
A Halloween Message from Dr. Karen Weigle, CSS Associate Director

It's Halloween season! The time of year when kids want to dress up in their favorite costumes and go out trick-or-treating. For some of the children and families we support through START, this holiday can be challenging. Sometimes it is the costumes themselves that create stress, either wearing them or seeing others in them. Sometimes it’s the expectation to greet so many unknown people. It can sometimes be difficult for parents and caregivers to help their child get through the events without feeling shamed or judged. Below is a lovely description about why some children may behave differently than expected this Halloween. Please feel free to share a copy with the families you support; they can hand these out to ease some social stress and spread awareness and acceptance. We sincerely wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!



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Text from the image above reads as follows: With Halloween fast approaching, please keep this in mind: The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy may have motor planning issues. The child who does not say "Trick or Treat" or "Thank You" may be non-verbal. The child who looks disappointed when they see your bowl of candy may have a food allergy. The child who isn't wearing a costume all might have sensory processing issues or autism. Be Kind. Be Patient. It's Everyone's Halloween.

 
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

 
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire