Autistic children may find Halloween extra stressful with its expected “Trick or Treat” communications, odd costumes and scary atmosphere. Here’s how a Boston-area school for children with autism helped kids prepare for the holiday.
Have a fun, safe night, everyone!
After ringing the front doorbell, 7-year-old Jack Carfarelli stood by silently, holding a plastic pumpkin while tugging nervously on his skeleton costume. The door opened into a darkened classroom, where a scary-looking witch knelt, candy bowl in hand.
“Happy Halloween,’’ said the witch.
Jack, a child with autism, appeared anxious yet still said nothing. Around his neck hung a small touch-screen computer. He hesitated, then activated the machine’s vocalization app to say “Trick or treat!’’ on his behalf.