Free Visual Support:Trick or Treat (PDF)
Trick or Treat is a support designed to help children with ASD participate in and enjoy the Halloween tradition of trick or treating. Many aspects of this activity can be unsettling for children on the spectrum. This visual support is designed to reduce the anxiety that some feel by increasing the predictability of trick or treating. It is a two part support designed – 1) to help family members proactively plan trick or treat activities with their children and 2) to provides strategies for use during the activity. The top of the page helps families create their plan for the evening, while the bottom of the page helps children make decisions about what to do if they encounter a “problem” when they are trick or treating. Two separate pages are designed this way. One is for going trick or treating and the other is for staying home to pass out candy. Modification of the support is encouraged for individual children. The video tutorial discusses the support design and additional considerations for use.