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10 Fun And Educational Activities For Children With Autism

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3/22/2023

Engaging And Educational Activities For Autistic Kids

At Rise Up for Autism we are passionate about providing children with autism engaging and educational activities that support their development. Play and learning can go hand in hand, fostering social skills, communication, cognitive abilities, and sensory integration. In this blog, we will share ten fun and educational activities that can benefit children with autism, promoting their growth and enjoyment. Contact us at (630) 300-3400 or visit our locations and learn more about our services!

Ten Educational And Fun Activities For Kids With Autism

Sensory Bins:

Sensory bins are wonderful for children with autism as they provide tactile exploration and sensory stimulation. Create a sensory bin by filling a container with materials such as rice, beans, sand, or water beads. Add different objects or toys for children to discover and manipulate, encouraging sensory exploration, fine motor skills, and imaginative play.

Arts And Crafts:

Engaging in arts and crafts activities can be both enjoyable and beneficial for children with autism. Provide a variety of art materials such as crayons, markers, paints, clay, or collage materials. Encourage creativity and self-expression through drawing, painting, sculpting, or collage-making. These activities promote fine motor skills, visual-spatial awareness, and self-esteem.

Puzzles And Sorting Games:

Puzzles and sorting games are excellent for developing cognitive skills and problem-solving abilities. Choose puzzles that match your child’s developmental level, focusing on their interests and strengths. Start with simpler puzzles and gradually increase the difficulty as their skills progress. Sorting activities using objects or pictures can also enhance categorization skills and visual discrimination.

Pretend Play:

Engaging in pretend play allows children with autism to explore social interactions, develop language skills, and practice problem-solving. Provide props and encourage imaginative play scenarios such as playing house, pretending to be a doctor, or setting up a pretend grocery store. Join in the play and model social interactions, taking turns, and using language in context.

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Daily Activities For Autistic Child

Interactive Games And Apps:

Many interactive games and apps are specifically designed to support children with autism. These games can target various skills, such as language development, social interactions, and cognitive abilities. Look for apps or online platforms that provide engaging and age-appropriate activities that align with your child’s goals and interests.

Sensory Play:

Sensory play activities can be calming and enjoyable for children with autism. Consider activities like water play, playing with textured materials like slime or kinetic sand, or engaging in calming activities like bubble play or aromatherapy. Sensory play allows children to regulate their sensory experiences and explore different textures and sensations.

Gross Motor Activities:

Engaging in gross motor activities helps children with autism develop coordination, balance, and body awareness. Encourage activities such as dancing, jumping on a trampoline, playing catch, or engaging in yoga poses. These activities not only promote physical health but also help regulate sensory input and improve focus and attention.

Nature Walks And Outdoor Exploration:

Exploring nature can be a stimulating and educational experience for children with autism. Take your child on nature walks, visit local parks, or create a sensory garden at home. Encourage them to observe and interact with different elements of nature, such as plants, insects, and natural textures. Nature exploration supports sensory integration, curiosity, and appreciation for the natural world.

Story Time And Reading:

Reading and storytelling are valuable activities for language development and expanding imagination. Choose books that align with your child’s interests, using visual supports if necessary. Read together, pause to discuss the story, ask questions, and encourage your child to retell or act out the story using props or puppets.

Cooking And Baking:

Engaging children with autism in cooking and baking activities can be both educational and enjoyable. Choose simple recipes and involve your child in measuring ingredients, stirring

We understand not all activities are for everyone, but we hope you find some of these ideas useful to engage, socialize and have fun with your child!

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