Halloween for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties

Steve Snook, a teacher at The Children’s Trust School, works with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Each Halloween he organises a multi-sensory trick-or-treating event for the children.

As well as pupils from the school taking part he also invites children who are receiving rehab for a brain injury.

  By Steve Snook Wow, what a fantastic Halloween event the children got to experience this year! As usual, staff who work at The Children’s got involved by decorating their offices and departments and created multi-sensory games for the children.  Each year I organise this event I am always astounded by the wonderful ideas that staff have, and also the commitment of so many to make Halloween a wonderful sensory experience for the children here. Here I am pictured with Megan - I've managed a different outfit each year so far!! Yesterday morning (29 October) it was time for trick or treating. My class started off in the Cedar Centre, a large hall, where smoke and bubbles welcomed our entrance. There were lots of things to feel and games to play. All the children won a prize when playing skittles with pumpkins.

The Land of Oz

Next was the New Cheyne Centre, where children with a brain injury receive their rehabilitation sessions. It had been transformed into the Land of Oz and we stuffed a scarecrow with different textures and materials as part of the Wizard of Oz theme. I bet they all look fantastic now lots have been made. After this it was onto one of the residential houses where we made sound makers from bottles and different objects and had a lucky dip of ghoulish treats.

Treehouse treats

Next up was the treehouse. Everyone could access it via the ramped walkway through the trees, lined with cobwebs and spiders. It was a sensory climb to the top where treats could be found if you were brave enough. Our next stop was our school hall where we heard some lovely singing as we entered and then got to feel and play with lots of objects under the UV lights. After this we headed to another residential house, Willow, where footprints guided us to making our own sensory Frankenstein. There also was colouring and horrifying items to touch.

Spaghetti legs

Our journey continued with a trip to designing our own Halloween treats in Jasmine House, using spaghetti for spiders’ legs and balls for eyes. The last trick or treat stop was Chestnut House who had a spooky room with lots of surprises to touch and feel.

Wheelchair dancing

In the afternoon the Cedar Centre had the movie Hotel Transylvania showing and in the school we had spooky Halloween wheelchair dancing, a sensory Halloween massage session and an ICT Halloween themed room for the children to explore. By the end of the day all the children were tired but they had a great time. Everyone made such an effort and this event is only possible with a lot of help from staff. There is no way I could organise an event like this on my own so thank you to everyone who contributed and taken part. Hopefully next year we may be able to use the developing nature trail and the wilderness to add to the Halloween experience for the children. Steve will be organising a Christmas show for children with PMLD in the near future. Watch this space for another blog.
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