Tonight, you’ll be visited by many kids with their parents and will probably witness a number of things. Keep your mind open, your mouth closed and your judgment erased because:
1) The parent who encourages their kid to touch all of the candy in your bowl may be teaching their blind/visually impaired child how to ‘see’ the candy you’re offering,
2) The parent who eagerly says’ trick or treat’ instead of encouraging their child to say it may be minimizing the huge effort it will take for their speech-delayed or autistic child to form a word, let alone a 3-word holiday greeting,
3) The parent who hurries along their seemingly unruly kid may be trying to diffuse an uncontrollable outburst from their emotionally disturbed child,
4) The parent who allows their kid to rub the candy wrapper all along his arms and all over his face could be encouraging their sensory- impaired child to be more comfortable with sensory input,
5) The parent who requests only ‘soft’ candy for their child may be trying to find at least something that their kid with feeding issues could possibly eat and enjoy,
6) The parent next door who skips the Halloween festivities and keeps their kid inside may be protecting their preemie child from RSV,
7) When you look through your peephole and see a parent alone, don’t think they are being immature by trick-or-treating at their age, their child may be right beside them sitting in a wheelchair,
Lastly, the parent who brings their preemie or special needs child out to trick-or-treat is not looking for pity, in fact they despise it, but want the same thing that any other parent wants – for their child to simply have a fun time!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO EVERY PREEMIE AND SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY!!!
Created by Gigi R. Khonyongwa-Fernandez of Families Blossoming LLC
Inspired by Julie Howard of It’s A Preemie Thing