MYRTLE BEACH, SC (RELEASED) – This year, autism advocates are using the blue pumpkin to help raise awareness of the challenges someone with autism might face while trick or treating this Halloween.
“Blue is often associated with autism awareness, so an autistic child may not be wearing a costume, be a bit older than usual, or not be able to say ‘Trick or Treat,'” Kathi Grace explains. , Director of Marketing for SOS Care in Murrells Inlet SOS Care answers the call and helps families with autism or other developmental disabilities find the resources they need to navigate a diagnosis.
The blue bucket will tell you that the trick or treatment may be on the spectrum. “If you think about how many elements of a Halloween party can be over-stimulating: itchy costumes, face coverings, or the element of surprise, imagine how overwhelming that can be for an autistic child,” said Grace. It is also used by homes that promote inclusiveness to accommodate all tips and tricks.
These children and adults just want to feel included. And we’re offering a way for the public to help in that effort! “Just sponsor a kid on the spectrum” this Halloween. A $25 donation to SOS Care provides a child with a blue pumpkin, sensory toys and treats for a memorable Halloween. To join the effort, click here: bit.ly/sospumpkins The blue pumpkins are the idea of a mother with a three-year-old son with autism. He will wear a blue pumpkin to let people know he has autism and is non-verbal. His idea went viral on social media and has been shared over 150,000 times. For more information on SOS Care: visit www.SOSCareSC.org or call 843.449.0554. SOS Care serves Horry and Georgetown counties and offers several programs in Charleston, Florence and Greenville.
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