Party planning for children with special needs does take a little more consideration, but nothing to worry about! Don’t worry yourself with what all the other kids are doing for their birthday parties, focus on what your child would enjoy. It is their party after all. Get your child involved in the planning, from the guest list and cake to the decor! Here are a few things to consider when planning party planning for children with special needs.
Tips for party planning for children with special needs
Guest list: Don’t feel that you have to invite everyone in her class. Sometimes too many kids can be overwhelming and not fun for her, it is her day. A few friends that she has selected herself will be just fine. This is about your child, not everyone else in the class. Also, if your child’s friends have special needs, talk to their parents and see if they need any accommodations.
Activities: When you’re party planning for children with special needs, be sure to have a couple of activities but keep them short and quiet. Keep your child in mind when you are planning the party. It is okay to keep the party short, one hour or so. You want her to enjoy herself, not get agitated. It might help if the parents of the other children stay, but that is up to you. Maybe you have an older child who has a couple friends who wouldn’t mind helping out, or a neighborhood kid! Think outside the box when it comes to having extra hands to help out.
Food: Don’t worry too much about the food. There are many special needs kids who have to adhere to a special diet. Instead, focus on the fun! Even if none of your child’s guests have special needs, it’s still best to keep food simple (and easier on you!)
Venue: You can do a couple of things, keeping your child’s needs and wants in mind while party planning for children with special needs. Parks are always a great option, they allow the kids to just run and play, releasing some energy. Bring some balls and Frisbees and plan a few games such as a Hula-Hoop contest, or a sac race using pillowcases, or relay races. Another option is your home. Your child will feel comfortable in her own setting. Again, you can keep the list minimal, so as to not overwhelm her.
Party planning for children with special needs is not that different from planning a party for a child without those needs. Just keeping your child’s wants and needs in mind when planning and you will have a successful party!
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