You have a million things to do before kids start ringing your bell looking for candy. It’s easy to get impatient with little ones who take a long time picking out a piece of candy or if they don’t say thank you. But what you might not know is that little kid standing at your door without a costume could be autistic. Or maybe they have a sensory issue. Maybe every other person on your block has made a snide comment to that kid about the fact that they’re not wearing a costume. It’s not their fault.

You can be the person who’s different and makes a difference in that kid’s life this Halloween. You can be kind and nice and patient. Keep in mind:

1.  The kid who grabs more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills.

2.  The kid who takes forever to pick out a piece of candy might have poor motor planning skills.

3.  The kid who doesn't say 'trick-or-treat' or 'thank you' might be non-verbal.

4.  The kid who looks disappointed when they see your bowl might have an allergy or be diabetic.

5.  The kid who isn't wearing a costume might have a sensory issue or autism.

Be nice. Be patient. And have a happy Halloween!

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