The Importance of Play Activities for Children with Autism
The CDC reports 1 in 44 children have been diagnosed with autism.
Not many people feel prepared for parenting once hearing they're having a child. Even fewer people feel prepared once they discover their child has learning differences and/or behavioral challenges.
If you have a child with autism, you understand firsthand the challenges that may come with engaging your child in sensory and learning activities. However, it's important to keep in mind that play activities are crucial for children with autism.
Below is a quick guide on the importance of play for kids with autism.
We'll even share a few ideas on how to engage your child.
Promoting Social Skills
When raising children with autism, it's important to promote social skills naturally. Play is an awesome way to practice things such as communication, sharing, and attention.
You can promote these skills by engaging in play one-on-one with your child or encouraging play between your child and other friends and/or siblings. Remind your child as they play to share toys with others, ask others for toys before taking them, etc.
Every parent notices the major importance of play through the expression of creativity.
Creativity is a beneficial outlet for those who struggle with emotional regulation and expression. Many creative activities also allow for sensory stimulation that your child will love!
Experiment with different mediums with your child. Try coloring with crayons, building with clay, or dancing to fun songs.
If your child tends to eat messy materials, monitor them closely as they use the art materials. It also helps to model how to use materials for your child. They'll learn faster this way.
Activities for Children With Autism
Many parents are eager to engage in more play activities when raising children with autism, but it can be difficult to find an activity that a child enjoys becoming engaged with. We can help!
One activity children with autism love are playing with sensory bags and sensory bins. It's fun to squish things around and get your hands messy.
If the weather is nice, toss a squishy ball back and forth in the backyard. Turn on the hose and dance in the water. Dig in a homemade sandbox to find hidden treasure.
Playing with your child may feel silly, but it's fun to act like a child as well. Don't be afraid to dress up in costumes, talk in silly voices, and dance like no one's watching.
The Power of Play
Play activities are crucial for kids with autism. Plus, it's a fun excuse to let loose and act like a kid yourself!
Play activities promote social skills and creativity. Encourage your child to practice effective communication skills when playing.
Are you in need of fun and innovative materials for your child's learning? Check out our site. We have some awesome materials, such as e-books focused on autism.
by Alice Kassotaki - Speech Language Pathologist MSc, BSc
copyright Upbility 2022
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