It’s that time of year again. Trick or treat is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in my area. While many parents don’t have to give this a second thought, as special needs parents, we have to decide if trick or treat is even worth it.
I say that because, as many of you out there can attest to, trick or treat could also be called overstimulation or meltdown.
This is especially true for Gavin, who’s already struggling with life as it is. As much as he wants to go, he simply can’t handle it. Do we allow him to go, even if it’s going to cause problems for the next few days?
We face this choice every single year. In the past, there were times we let him go and there have been times that we have kept him home. This issue has no real right or wrong to it..if that makes sense.
According to Gavin’s specialists, between the Asperger’s and Schizoaffective disorder, exposing him to any of this is one of the worst things that we could do. In particular, kids with Schizoaffective disorder, decomopensate rapidly when exposed to things like birthday parties, Christmas parties or anything else that is of the high excitement variety. History has proven this to be correct, time and time again.
However, on the other hand, there’s something to be said about letting them be kids.
I have a bigger post in the works about this very issue. It’s something that my family endlessly struggles with.
I’m very interested in hearing your opinions on this matter. How do you handle trick or treat in your family?????
– Lost and Tired
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