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Hosting A Party For A Child With Special Needs?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

It’s not as difficult as you’d expect. Although you’ll likely have more restrictions, it’s helpful to see these restrictions as guidelines - which in turn will make your decision making processes even easier to navigate.



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Ambiance


  1. Calm, clear, and calculated. Set the tone with some light music, an open space (not too much fragrance), and don’t forget about your environmental scan.

  2. If possible, include a quiet corner or room for children who need to recharge or take a break

Invitees


Decide if you want a mixture of abilities, or a party specifically for children with special needs and their parents (this is super cute, and a great opportunity to connect with other parents)


Food


With a ton of food restrictions it can be tough to accommodate, there are many specialty bakeries and catering services, but another idea would be to have a “picnic” themed party where children bring a packed lunch and eat together.

  1. Purchase packaged snacks to ensure no cross contamination (labels will show “peanut-free” etc)

  2. You can have pizza on hand for those who are able to eat it, depending on the age of children, we just wouldn’t want anyone getting left out.


Entertainment


  1. Do this close to arrival time and BEFORE pizza/cake

  2. Keep it short and focus on the interests of the child

  3. Change activities frequently

  4. No longer than 15 minutes “organized” fun (active games and dance)

  5. Encourage parents to participate with their children if possible

  6. Free play time (ask us to bring LEGO)

  7. Have everything prepared and ready for seamless transitions


Share with us your experiences, tips, and tricks. Happy party planning!

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