Happy Halloween from Our Autism! 🎃
My girl has been counting down the days until trick or treat day!
She is always so excited about Halloween!
Every year it takes me by complete suprise as I have never really been fond of celebrating it so I don’t make a fuss.
I am one of those parents who dread the whole trick or treat thing, it just doesn’t sit right with me.
I spend all year teaching my children ‘stranger danger’, and then let them knock on strangers doors.
I really don’t want them to go, but I see so many children out that I feel awful saying no.
Plus my girl misses out on so much because of her disabilities I feel inclined to let her do something she can manage.
Although my girl loves it, it is not stress free!
Far from it infact.
The excitement and anxiety gets too much.
Too much emotion and uncertainty causes challenging behaviours.
Today has been a day of very high anxiety.
A day of needing to be in complete control.
Halloween is simple for most, but for my girl it is a muddled maze of sensory stimulation.
My girl loves to dress up.
She has been wearing her costume out and about for a few weeks now.
The costumes are always of major concern.
Is the material going to irritate so much it causes distress? Is it too itchy? Too hard? Too soft? Not right?
We always order a larger size so it fits over regular clothes to avoid meltdowns.
I can never choose a costume for her.
My girl is extremely picky and not at all girly!
This year she chose to be a skeleton, and we managed to find a hooded skeleton onesie.
It is so soft and fleecy and she able to continue to wear it as it is clothing as opposed to a fancy dress outfit.
We went trick or treating.
Something I never thought my girl would cope with…….something I couldn’t cope with!
I worry about the sensory differences, but more so about social appropriateness.
My girl will talk to anybody, go into anyones house, look through anyones window.
I worry for her safety.
Of course, I go with her, so that wouldn’t happen but there is always that ‘what if’.
She coped extremely well.
She actually completely suprised me by telling me when she had had enough and so we went home with no fights.
We set a limit of 3 sweets before bed…..
…..she had 4! So typical of my girl!