Halloween is usually an enjoyable time of the year for children of all ages.
For children with autism, however, Halloween can be difficult. Parenting a non-verbal autistic child has been challenging. Holidays are not always fun, but we make do.
For some, it may be too overwhelming and for others, this may be the best time of the year. We’ve talked about how to have an autism friendly Halloween before, but today I wanted to share a free resource. Hopefully this will help with making Halloween easier for your child and I wish I’d had something like this when Sweet B was younger.
I’ve seen them around before but I wanted to make my own set to share with you. These are plain but do get the message across; trick or treat cards for autistic children. And though this is not a true printable pack, I will eventually have a social story and script set to add to my free printables for autistic children.
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Sweet B is both non-verbal and autistic, so there are two sets of cards to download. One for children on the autism spectrum and one for children who are non-verbal. Pick whichever set works best for your child. There are 8 cards to each set and they’re roughly the size of a business card.
As I mentioned already, they are very plain and very simple.
You can print out as many as you may need. I think that having these would have been incredibly helpful for her when she was younger. I remember holding her hand and walking up to the door. She would have no problem ringing the doorbell or knocking, but then I’d have to prompt her to hold out her pumpkin while I explained that she was autistic and couldn’t really speak.
Every house that we visited was understanding about that, which was nice. Thankfully there wasn’t much further explanation needed and we were on our way to the next house.
With these cards, she might have been able to do this a little bit more independently. However, because she’s also a runner, holding her hand was absolutely necessary so I don’t think I would have fully trusted her to go up to the house, ring the doorbell, and hand over a card.
I do hope that you find these trick or treat cards of use!
If your child needs additional assistance, check out this Trick-or-Treat Social Story.
There is a new set of cards this year.
I think I actually prefer the new set over the old set(s) but that just might be me.