Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) is hosting a free sensory sensitive Halloween celebration in Muskoka on Oct. 26 to help young people with autism and their families celebrate in a safe and inclusive way.
Hands offers autism services to families across Northeastern Ontario, including free weekly consultations, direct behavioural services, seminars and clinics. Their sensory friendly events give children with autism the chance to practice trick-or-treating and other activities associated with Halloween in a more comfortable, inclusive environment. Hands is hosting three events across the region and the Muskoka event will be held on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hands’ 23 Ball’s Drive location in Bracebridge.
“Halloween can be a fun time for children and their families, but it can also come with some challenging moments,” said Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio, senior manager of Autism Services at Hands. “Ensuring an enjoyable Halloween with your child may require some advanced planning and practicing. Our team of autism experts will be available during the events to provide support for you and your child as they learn the unique traditions of Halloween.”
Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated to help with planning efforts. Call the Hands’ Autism Team at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 to register. To learn more, or to register for events and services, call the Hands’ Autism Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Hands’ website for more information.