Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween with Special Needs: How to adapt

On a Facebook group for kids with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a parent recently asked for suggestions about how to handle that required phrase this time of year... "Trick or Treat!" Would adults refuse to give her daughter candy if she didn't say it herself? Would they respond to feedback that she couldn't say it any more clearly? I loved the idea of a sentence strip or a borrowed Big Mack with a recorded message.
Then tonight, I read this great blog post from The Speech Knob, about using switches and switch-activated voice output in a school Halloween party. Her ideas are amazing, and another great find for parents trying to figure out how to navigate this holiday.

Read the full post, then come back here and share what accommodations you've made successfully for Halloween and your child. Are there sensory needs that need to be accounted for? Speech? What do you do for a child who has a tendency to go from huge fun to completely done in a matter of seconds?

From The Speech Knob:

When I am working with developmentally delayed students, I am always looking for ways to make age-appropriate activities  Many of my students do not speak, but do have the ability to communicate using some sort of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) such as a one-button switch or a communication device. One of the ways we've been able to incorporate the use of AAC is at our annual Haunted House Party in our school gymnasium.

Read the full post here: http://www.thespeechknob.com/2014/10/switch-adapted-haunted-house-and-other.html

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Heather H. knows her daughter wants to be Jasmine, but hasn't even come close to securing a costume.

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