TIP of the WEEK: Halloween Survival Tips

October 23, 2015

Latham-Centers2Well it’s that time of year again. The trifecta of holidays that focus on food and give all of us anxiety attacks long before the actual event! Halloween gives us nightmares but not for the same reason as the rest of the world. There are some things that we can do to allow our kids a chance to celebrate this holiday without all of the candy that goes along with it.
1. Plan your own party so you have control over the food. There are great recipes online for Halloween themed veggies and fruit trays as well as sugar free punches.
2. If your child’s school will not agree to have a candy free classroom celebration then you may have to plan to keep your child home that day. The stress from attending the party may not be worth it.
3. Older kids may want to participate in handing out treats to the neighborhood kids that come to the house. We have had great results with handing out small bags of Halloween pencils, erasers, plastic rings or any small non-food themed item.
The idea is to allow your child to participate as much as possible without asking him or her to be surrounded by candy and food that they cannot have. That doesn’t mean that they can’t dress up, play games and be a part of the fun with the rest of the kids.

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Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome specialist. She works with Latham Centers’ residents with PWS, their families and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. 

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