Are you looking for things to do for children with autism? Many of the family activities that work for other children won’t go over well with autistic children. This is why some families who have children with autism have a hard time with holidays and get-togethers with outside family members.
Children with autism are often described as being in their own world of having their own world. An average autistic child could spend hours locked away in his own mind doing what he wants. Social interaction is impaired and finding things to do for the autistic child that involves other people in the family or peers can be a challenge.
When you understand the autistic child more, it will help you find things for them to do as well as ways you can interact with them as a family. Here are some suggestions for ideas:
· Mimicking- any type of game or activity that involves mimicking will be great for the child with autism. They are great at mimicking and will enjoy the repetition. You might play a game where you make animal sounds together and allow the child to say it with you. Or possibly a game that involves learning what sounds different trains, cars, ships and other transportation make. There are many ways you can add simple everyday activities to the routine and make a mimic game with your autistic child.
· Art and board games- these are always a big plus when you have a child with autism. Keep it simple and appropriate to their age and maturity level. Give the child freedom with their art work as well. Don’t over dictate what they do and how. Just give him a chance to freely express himself. Puzzle and building blocks are other great activities.
· Singing- most autistic children enjoy making sounds so they may also love simple songs. Sing throughout your day and work it into the routine. Singing can also be a relaxing activity and a way to help relieve stress for the child. It can also be great fun and will help you bond.
· Get physical- while many people think that autistic children cannot learn sports, this is actually a great way to boost his confidence and get him more involved in social activities. Some autistic children do really well in sports. You can try different sports and activities at home to see if there is one that “clicks” well with him.
When choosing activities for children with autism, safety is always a concern that should be placed first on the priority list. Autistic children may need more guidance and more supervision than other children of the same age group. Provide a safe environment and remain close at all times so your child can have a fun experience. Encourage independence but be close by in case he needs you.