Lafayette,LA - Halloween is almost here, and kids are ready to hit the streets to trick-or-treat. Candy givers should remember that if you see a blue bucket to be more aware.
Stephanie Krielow is the owner of and teacher at Red Oaks Treehouse, helping kids with autism reach their full potential. She has a son named jonah, who has autism. When he was four, she joined the Autism Society of Acadiana.
"I put him in the little wagon, we actually lived down the street from the office and we went down and I got the support that I needed."
Halloween time is almost here, a holiday that her son loves as he gets excited to see how people decorate their garages. "I think the garage is more of the highlight for him. Alot of times people that are sitting out handing out candy will have their garage open and he typically he wonders into their garage. "
With the awareness of the blue buckets becoming much more significant, she says she would have used it much more when Jonah was much younger. "I really don't like to say oh he is autistic. I'm sorry. This way, the blue bucket is a way to communicate that the person that trick or treating has special needs without having to announce it to people."
Another way Krielow sees the blue bucket as helpful is for those with autism that may be a little bit older.
There are people on the spectrum who are in their twenties, thirties, forties who still enjoy trick or treating and there are alot of people who what to say, you know, judge them, say why you are still trick or treating.
Focusing on the good, Krielow told me she has different techniques to help her son when he goes trick-or-treating..
" I have a social story that I read to him leading up to halloween. We go up to the door, we say trick or treat and you hold out your bag so he knows what to do and he is prepared."
She finds that working with kids on the spectrum and having a child on the spectrum helps her see the diversity.
"I find working with kids every day on the spectrum it helps me with my son because he can come along sometimes and get some of that social input."