Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Save the Fright for Halloween Night

I have oodles of catalogs on my kitchen counter full of Halloween Costumes.  For most kids it’s an exciting time.  For other kids with sensory issues, it’s a nightmare.  Many costumes are itchy, scratchy and even noisy.  How can we expect a child with tactile defensiveness to wear a mask?  Instead of planning a trip to the costume shop, take a look in your child’s closet and pull out some of his favorite pieces of clothing that you might be able to turn into a costume. Consider the following when choosing a costume for your sensitive dressers:
  • Wide, soft collars
  • Tagless garments
  • Flat seaming
  • No appliqués
  • Soft, elastic waists
  • Soft fabrics
  • Not too loose and not too tight
  • Seamless socks
  • Don’t plan on make up or masks

If your child has a comfy costume, it will make your Halloween parade an enjoyable time for everyone! 

Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

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