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Killeen, TX: Blue pumpkins for "sensory friendly trick-or-treating experience"

Oct 27, 2023 Killeen (TX) Daily Herald: Blue pumpkins at Halloween may help kids with autism

Halloween can be a challenging time for children with autism, as they may struggle with sensory sensitivities, social interactions and changes in routine.

Angela Eads is a behavior technician with the Killeen Autism Center, and works with children who have the disorder. In addition, Eads has a 7-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with autism….

In the United States, about one in 36 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder or ASD, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to ProCare Therapy, an integrated support system to therapists in special education, there are some tips for creating an inclusive trick-or-treating experience by encouraging communities to support children with autism and other developmental disorders….

The tips include:

Display a blue pumpkin — Having a blue pumpkin outside the home can help identify a sensory friendly trick-or-treating experience….


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