Trick or Treat! Halloween Tips and Tricks from a Speech Therapist on Access and Communication

Article by: Kaylee Jones McDowell, SLP-Assistant

Everyone has a right to communicate NO MATTER how they communicate: mouth words, signs, gestures, iPad, pictures, or written communication. Trick or treat should never be a compliance-based activity, and we always honor and accept all forms of communication. Happy Halloween!

Label and TAGS

  • Place visuals on a bag or bucket using
    • Packing tape
    • Fabric transfer
    • Zip tie


  • Includes
    • Stop
    • Go
    • More
    • Knock knock
    • Trick or treat
    • Candy
    • Thank you

Eye Gaze

  • Laminate a sheet or use plexiglass for low-tech gaze while trick or treating


Model It

  • Wear your words and model on the go!
  • Place visuals on a
    • Shirt
    • Costume
    • Blanket

Switch Access (ask the child which message they want)


·      Trick or treat

·      Happy Halloween

·      Thank you

·      Knock Knock

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