Often times, parents, teachers, and caregivers to children with autism put so much time and energy into the
education and organization of the lives of the children they care for, that they can forget that these children
need fun in their lives just as much as structure. Children with Autism need to enjoy themselves and participate
in various activities just as much as any other child. The question that arises when creating activities for
children with autism is what is suitable, what can they follow and ultimately what will be fun and educational
for the child. Luckily, many games and activities that children with autism can enjoy actually help them develop
their motor, social, and focusing skills.
Games like “I Spy,” guessing games, art activities, or games involving music are a few examples of activities suitable
that also help develop certain skills.
A game like “I Spy” helps children learn to focus on a particular object while they describe it. Having your child
describe the object in as much detail as he or she can helps with processing, verbal communication, and social skills.
Guessing games where children have to use senses other than vision to describe an object help them become more familiar
with the world around them. Have your child use senses like smell or touch instead of sight and they will have fun
playing the game while simultaneously working on communication skills.
Use art as a medium to help your child have fun while developing expression skills in a non-verbal way. Use activities
like finger painting, coloring, and drawing to help children express their emotions as well as learn about texture,
color, and creativity.
Games involving song and music can teach children a variety of lessons. Use songs to help children learn how to
dress themselves, or get ready for bed. You can even use songs to help a child get through an activity that is
necessary but not particularly fun, like going to the doctor or dentist. Other ways a song can help a child develop
is through incorporation with physical activity like jumping or running.
With any of these activities, make sure your child is enjoying his or herself. Do the activities right along side of
your child and make sure you are both having fun during the entire activity, the learning will come naturally over time.
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