Trick-or-Treating and Children with Disabilities- Tips from the Cochran Firm
Make sure Halloween stays safe.
Below are some tips for children with disabilities.
1. Stay away from roadways. Some special needs children have difficulty obeying immediately and a hazardous situation can happen without warning near roadways. It is safer to visit event-type locations in parks or parking lots where cars will not be moving.
2. Trick-or-treating only homes of friends and relatives will decrease unfamiliarity for the child and also decrease their level of stress and possibility of becoming frightened.
3. Carrying the candy bag for the child makes sense for two reasons. First, it allows control of the amount of sugar that is ingested, and second, it gives an opportunity for the candy to be inspected for safety before it is eaten. Other candy or snacks may be taken and provided to the children as needed throughout the evening.
4. There are a couple of things that can be done in advance if a child has food allergies. If the trick-or-treat stops are planned in advance with close friends, a parent can leave candy at the individual houses to be given to the child. Another idea is to establish a candy swap. Have the child’s favorite candy available and at the end of the evening swap out the candy he or she cannot eat.
5. A parent or guardian to whom the child listens to should always accompany the child for their safety and stay with them at the door or near any cars.
6. Make sure the costume fits the child properly. Loose masks can be fine to start the evening then shift to where they can obstruct vision or breathing.
On the reverse, it is also important that homes being visited by children with disabilities be safe for them.
1. Candles and jack o lanterns with candles are not good ideas. Besides the obvious fire hazard, children with disabilities may try to play with the items and sustain burns.
2. All children should be treated equally.
3. Candies without peanuts or potential peanut contamination should be distributed. If candy with peanuts must be handed out, then keep some non-peanut varieties available in a separate container for children with allergies. Additionally, on occasion a child with diabetes may visit and they should be given non-candy options such as Ritz Bitz.
4. Be understanding of children’s disabilities. Some children may not be able to climb steps and will need the candy brought to them.
5. Make sure the porch, drive and walkways are well-lit to prevent falls and accidents.
Take a few minutes to put these tips into practice. The Cochran Firm desires that this Halloween be a safe one for all, especially for those with disabilities.
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