Halloween Tips & Tricks from our Behavioral Team
The Moore Center’s Behavioral Team put together some tips for ensuring that individuals with intellectual disabilities can enjoy Halloween. They’ve created a handy tri-fold brochure, which you can download at the bottom of this page.
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The Holiday season is quickly approaching, and the Moore Center’s Behavioral Team would like to offer some helpful tips and tricks to get everyone through the busiest time of the year! The best thing we can do for the individuals we support is to maintain normalcy in their everyday schedules leading up to holiday events.
With Halloween on the horizon it’s important to make a plan in advance and prepare the individual you support for the holiday.
- How do they want to celebrate?
- Will they be going out or will they hand out candy?
- Are there any parties they’ll attend?
- Maybe they don’t want to participate at all… and that’s ok too!
- How do you assist them in making healthy choices when there are treats everywhere?
Know before you go!
If you decide to go trick-or-treating, here are some tips to help you know what to expect before you go:
- What day and time will you be going?
- Who will be with you?
- When will you be home?
- Plan your route! Take the individual you support on a practice walk before the big day.
- Find a costume that closely resembles the feel of everyday clothing. Some individuals may not like the way certain costumes feel, so get creative and find something that works best for the individual you support. Practice wearing the costume for short periods of time before the event.
- A HELPFUL TRICK! Bring along ear plugs/ear protectors for unexpected noise.
While decorating for Halloween – or any holiday – is always fun, it’s beneficial to leave a couple of rooms in the home completely unchanged. These rooms will serve as a “safe space” to get away from what may become an overwhelming environment in the months to come.
Everyone knows that the holiday season brings a change in diets. We all like to indulge, but it’s important for the individuals we support (and ourselves) to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Having healthy food options readily available is one way to curb impulsive poor food choices. Make healthy eating fun this Halloween by trying out some fun new recipes!