Organizing a birthday party for kids with special needs is a lot like organizing any other kind of festivity. You’re trying your best to accommodate guests and make sure that everyone will enjoy the party. You might have to deal with some specific likes and dislike from children, but that’s something that is easily remedied with a healthy dose of planning.
As long as you get off to a good start with the birthday plans, you’re going to find that organizing the party is a lot easier than it might have seemed at first glance. Here are some of the key things you should be watching out for when planning a party for special needs kids.
Host with the most
When you’re planning a party for kids with special needs, you need to be careful with your pick of venue. Not every establishment will be able to accommodate these kids and you don’t want anything going wrong at the party. Even once you’ve found the ideal place, you need to consult your child. If they don’t feel comfortable with a specific venue, you shouldn’t force it on them out of convenience.
The party should be well-organized to help every child find some type of enjoyment. The music is a key part of the party experience, but there’s no reason it has to be blasting away the whole night. You should include some silent activities that will keep the kids somewhat relaxed. Extra supervision is always welcome, so make sure you invite some of the parents to oversee the party. They won’t mind hanging around in the sidelines, especially since their child will be having tons of fun.
Play to their strengths
It’s important that you know your crowd when organizing a birthday party. Not every kind of party is going to sit well with every kid. If you have a group of highly energetic munchkins that like running around, you’re not going to see good results with a sit-down or movie. For kids that are full of energy and can’t really keep still, you might want to organize some sports activities to keep them occupied. Having tons of games that involve movement might just do the trick.
If the celebrant isn’t very fond of large crowds or aggressive socializing, you will want to consider more of a low-key event. Introspective kids often prefer quiet and low-intensity parties. To make the party more comfortable, consider inviting only their closest friends to the venue. It’s going to make the party more palatable for children that aren’t very fond of big parties in the first place.
Bringing the fun to them
While kids can have a lot of fun on their own with some games and music, it helps to bring in some external entertainment to keep the party lively. It’s easy for kids to get overwhelmed when they’re left to their own devices at a party. Organizing some interesting events and shows would go a long way in making the party feel more engaging.
There are many entertainers that specialize in working with special needs kids. You can find a variety of activities that the children can enjoy, such as kids' face painting and drawing sessions. Entertainers can help guide children towards their interests and give them a good time. You can count on them to be able to handle any situation and create a pleasant atmosphere for all of the kids.
Watch the menu
When it comes to kid’s birthday parties, the menus tend to not be very diverse. In most cases, you can expect there to be lots and lots of sugar involved. Everything from the cake to the fruit juices will be packed with sugar, which can spell trouble if the kids are hyperactive.
Sugar only exacerbated hyperactivity and it’s not exactly very healthy, to begin with. Some kids might not be allowed to eat sugar-filled treats, which is why you have to adapt the menu to everyone’s needs. Ask their parents to find out if they have any dietary preferences or requirements. It could go a long way in preventing any unpleasant situations.
While hosting a special needs birthday party might involve a lot of work, it’s something that definitely pays off in the end. The look on your child’s face as they’re enjoying their birthday party is going to be priceless. As long as you prepare for the party in advance, you can expect it to go off without a hitch.
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