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Sensory-Friendly Wiggles Costume

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By James_Mom

Sensory-Friendly Wiggles Costume

James "Wiggle"

Child's Special Needs

Son is autistic with speech delay and LOTS of sensory issues

What I Made

I made an unofficial Anthony Wiggle outfit. I wanted our six year old James to "get" the concept of wearing a costume. I knew it had to be something he recognized but I couldn't find an official costume that he would/could keep on. It has to be completely comfortable and non-binding or constricting. No headgear, no ties, no accessories.

Hopefully The Wiggles will understand and forgive me. Wearing a rather universally recognizable costume (for the first time) helped my son "participate" in Halloween. He heard over and over "Oh you're a Wiggle!" He was proud. Mom was in tears.

How I Made It

Bought a bright blue zip-front sweatshirt (turtlenecks/higher collars can often be bothersome to him and a distraction at school) and close fitting black fleece pants (from the girls department as they had a much closer fit and looked more like the actual character).

Cut the Wiggles logo from a coloring book and stitched it loosely with yarn on the shirt. Sewed blue grosgrain ribbon (sewing machine) down the side of the pants.

Tips & tricks

  • Used actual Wiggles doll to physically show James that he was wearing the same thing
  • Wiggles movie/CD marathon didn't hurt to hammer the point home (all his idea of course)
  • James won't trick-or-treat (except in school) so we sit on the stoop and enjoy the parade of kids. Personal DVD player (a treat) is allowed to hold his interest when the traffic lightens.

Terri Mauro, About.com Children With Special Needs, says:

Plugging into a familiar character is a great way to get kids to go along with Halloween dress-up, and it often doesn't take a lot of work, as you've shown here. A logo and a little color coordinating can go a long way.

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