Posted by: Demo Centre Manager on Sep 2, 2016
Activities for children with autism can be difficult to find. If you have a child with autism, you will know the challenges that are faced when going out in a group of people. But you will also know that there is a lot of reward in seeing your children so happy when you find an enjoyable activity.
There are lots of fun things to do with your kids, but sometimes it requires that extra bit of consideration when your child is autistic. We take a look at some activities for children with Autism that will be engaging, stimulating and, above all, fun.
Check out our special Autism-friendly play sessions!
For those that don’t know, autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with people and the world around them. Children with Autism have difficulty relating to other people in a meaningful way. Their ability to develop friendships is generally limited as is their capacity to understand other people’s emotional expression.
The National Autistic Society launched their ‘Too Much Information’ campaign in order to help people understand the challenges that young people with autism face.
If you have a bike, then you are good to go! Riding on a bike and playing on a scooter will encourage balance, motor skills and linear acceleration. Your little one will find these skills necessary for effective sensory processing. Remember to start out slowly, though, as not all children with autism will take to balance activities quickly. For this reason, you have to make sure you get helmets and pads from the off.
Make a treasure list and send your kids out to get the items on the list. Make sure that the items on this list are sensory and easy to find. Examples could include pine codes, candles, rocks or leaves of different colours. Each list should drive your child to a different location or room in the house.
Have you heard about Geocaching? Geocaching is a FREE app which encourages users to use the co-ordinates on the app to find treasure!
When looking for activities for children with autism, consider the playground. I know, you may have tried this and perhaps it has been challenging in the past. A playground is the perfect place for kids to work on motor planning, balance, vestibular orientation and confidence. The advantages are huge if you can find a play area that your child can be comfortable in. Playing in a playground also encourages social skills. Though you don’t need to hover, it would be important to be close by to keep them safe and encourage them to try new things.
An activity that is perfect for the British summertime! Wait for the rain to pour and take your kids out into the rain. There’s no need to hand them an umbrella – let get them soaked by jumping in puddles and kicking pools of water. Maybe even take a bucket and throw it over each other! The rain provides a phenomenal sensory integration experience.
Come and join us at our autism friendly indoor soft play sessions at Gambado! We welcome young children with all types of disabilities and Special Educational Needs. We also offer free entrance for every carer accompanying 1 child if disability ID is shown (DLA form for example).
Some of our centres can provide you with one of our Disability Champion staff members (team members who have been specially trained to understand each individual’s needs and provide parents and carers with support on site) to help organise your visits. They will be on hand to help throughout your play day.
We understand everyone’s needs are different and we want to make sure your visit is as relaxed and easy as it can be! Every effort is made to promote a calm atmosphere by turning off all extraneous noise and music. By coming to one of our play sessions, your children will be around other people who face the same challenges as them. It’s a great place to meet fellow parents and share stories about your experiences over a coffee.
Gambado are able to tailor your session and can offer extra equipment and space such as a ‘quiet zone area’.
Check out the Activities for Children with Autism page on our website for details of the sessions and dates they are running!
What do you think of these tips? Perhaps you have some excellent ideas that you do with your kids that we missed? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
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