Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a harsh reality these days. At least one in every 68 children in the US is affected with ASD and instances are growing fast. But if you are a parent or caregiver of a child, working on autism therapy that often includes fun activities, need not be a chore. In fact, with a little bit of thought, you can come up with some engaging sessions that feel and look like playtime for children of all ages. Most children having mild to severe ASD are diagnosed before three years of age. Therapy for children showing mild autism symptoms may begin even before an official diagnosis.
Here are some fun activities that are known to benefit children on the spectrum.
Scented bubbles: This is a fun-filled sensory experience that benefits oral motor skills of autistic children. Pointing to the scented bubbles and showing your exaggerated reaction helps to develop joint attention, which is a very challenging but important area for most autistic kids.
Box o’ beans: Fill a large container with some dried or sensory beans from the grocery store. Put a few small toys inside the beans and ask your child to place his/her hands in the box and pull out the desired object. Such fun activities help children to overcome their sensory issues involving texture and touch.
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Finger painting: This one is messy but fun. Finger painting helps children to learn about colors and gives an opportunity to learn about new textures via touch. It also helps in reducing sensory sensitivity. Some latest autism apps help children to give wings to their thought with immense possibilities to play with color.
Poems and songs: Poems with a singsong nature are often a favorite for children. You may make some songs about necessary life skills, like feeding and dressing oneself, and teach your child. You can also include some physical activities like skipping, hopping, and jumping into the songs.