Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

One of my good friends, and also a fellow SLP, posted a great message about Halloween and Trick or seemed to come from Melissa Joan Hart (Facebook).  I found it especially meaningful for the many students I have worked with over the years. Thank you to my friend (and Melissa Joan Hart) for reminding everyone how important it is to think about children of all abilities during special activities. I know this posting comes after many have trick or treated, but it is a great reminder for the future, and for other holiday/special activities as well!

"In a few days, a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say "trick or treat" or "thank you" might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy. The child who isn't wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism. Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It's everyone's Halloween. Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child. ♥" 
  Happy Halloween to ALL!  

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