Halloween is filled with so much rich sensory input. It’s a holiday where we break social norms and teach our children to go up to scary houses and take candy from strangers while dressed in strange costumes. It’s no wonder some of our children are mystified by the holiday. Most importantly, though, the point of Halloween is for children and families to have fun together. Some children love EVERYTHING about Halloween. Some children may need a little more…or a lot more support to enjoy the holiday. We here at Kids Place Therapy Services are happy to share some thoughts on supporting your superhero, butterfly, witch… during this holiday.

Halloween may be experienced in many ways. If your child is able to go out and Trick-or-Treat, follow your child’s cues. Perhaps tonight you may stay out for 2 hours. It’s okay, though, if you head home after 20 minutes. It’s also okay if your child prefers to stay home and help hand out candy. Social skills practice and sensory exploration can be gained from home on Halloween too. However, for safety reasons, you might want to have an adult open the door to maintain the continuity of teaching your child not to open the door to strangers.

Consider that your child has many opportunities to practice the same skill over and over again today. While Trick-or-Treating, the first few houses can be used for “warming up”. If a child wants to hang back while others go up this can be a good opportunity for a child to see what to expect and what is expected. The same concept may apply for children handing out candy at home.

Some houses may appear brighter, louder, darker or just scarier than others.  After warming up it might be that your child can go up to some houses more easily than others. This is okay, continue to follow your child’s cues.  You may also help your child “warm up” while handing out candy at home. Some costumes may provide just too much sensory input. Following your child’s cues and allowing your child to take breaks as needed may help increase and even extend the fun!

Happy Halloween from our families to yours!!


Fall classes will be posted soon!

Play is more than just fun – it’s a powerful teaching tool that helps children learn essential skills for human development.

Here are a few Summer Time fun activities that promote fine motor, coordination and visual motor skills:

Fine motor skills: squirt gun, sidewalk chalk, jacks, marbles, using shovels to dig in dirt or sand, planting seeds, and popping bubbles.

Gross motor coordination skills: hippity hop, scooter board, duck-duck-goose, hula hoop, bike, hop scotch.

Visual motor skills: Velcro ball catch, frisbee, t-ball, croquet, badminton, tennis, scoop ball, ring toss, bug catcher and watering cans.

Please share your child’s favorite summer time activity.

Kids Place Therapy Services (KPTS) provides skilled occupational and developmental therapy in a safe, welcoming environment for children and families. At KPTS we provide treatment for children with a wide variety of diagnoses including autism, sensory processing disorder and developmental delays. We are committed to providing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care in a child-centered environment where children can achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

On this blog we will post fun play activities, resources and suggestions covering a wide variety of topics. We would love to address your child’s specific needs.  Please post any topics or questions you would like us to address.

Stay tuned for future posts.