Happy Halloween! For those of you who will be greeting trick-or-treaters this evening, consider this advice that I found posted in a few different places (author unknown):
“Tonight a lot of children 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 sensory defensiveness 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.”
So, please remember that Halloween is for everyone, and help make each parent and child feel special this Halloween! Thank you and have fun!!
Lisa is a licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in speech-language pathology, supervision, and teaching. She provides a range of speech-language services for children of all ages through her private practice, Yorktown Therapy Services (formerly Live Speak Love). As a seasoned trainer and presenter, Lisa is also available for workshops and professional development trainings; presentations for your school, church, or organization; speech-language screenings; interviews; and product reviews. Contact Lisa: firstname.lastname@example.org
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