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Back in the 1970s, Sesame Street started with all the common challenges kids face, but it quickly grew to include things that many parents worry about every day: special needs.
The TV program introduced an active Muppet named Bert who has Downs Syndrome; Rosita, a thespian who has brittle bone disease; and even Abby Cadabby who has a physical disability. Muppets like Big Bird, Ernie and Oscar were depicted as “socially clumsy” but that didn’t mean they couldn’t have their own inner strength.
Now, many people who may not be even born with a serious disability can still participate in Halloween. Those of us without children of our own are looking to “make it up” for our own children without a costume, too. So we searched for costumes for children with special needs: those who are on their feet all day or who can barely communicate with us.
But it’s not always possible to purchase costumes based on their disability or needs. The Autism Speaks website, for example, does not recommend a costume based on hearing loss, because it makes it difficult for the wearer to hear. There is a lot of concern about the impact of physical or chemical exposure on children with autism, since they may be able to smell, taste, smell, and touch situations we don’t normally allow them to.
Additionally, organizations like Special Needs Bikinis (also on their website) are hesitant to recommend costumes on the basis of body image and beauty standards. So we wanted to find ones that would be fun and still make it look like an appropriate costume for special needs kids. Here are some suggestions.
– By firstwhomandmile, i , me , m , , u , m , & b , B , N , M , K , L , & c , and a n , i , i , i , n , u , mi , l , & z , ng , h , o , r , s , and y .