Activities for Autistic Children
Children need to have fun...
Here are some activity-based
suggestions and PE/games options for autistic children. These can be
done at home or at school. Activities are for these two age
groups: 7-10 and 11-16.
Parents, teachers, and other caregivers
often get so caught up in educating and providing structure to the lives of
autistic children that they forget that, above all, he or she is still a child.
And like any other child in his or her age group, your autistic child
wants to have fun. While some activities may not be suitable for those
suffering from autism, there are a number of fun games to play with autistic
children. Many of these activites can get them involved with others or help
them to further develop motor or social skills while just focusing on having a
Autistic children in the elementary
school age range can benefit greatly from song. Even children who do not
verbally communicate with words can learn to hum along or play simple
instruments, such as tambourines or whistles. Using sounds that are repetitive
and with educational lyrics not only helps autistic children learn school
lessons, but also gives them an outlet for some of the sensory stimulation they
need, such as yelling. Play follow the leader with the instruments to help the
children focus their attention and improve socialization skills.
Depending on how mature your child is,
he or she may also not only be able to participate in regular childhood games,
but greatly benefit from them as well. These activities, including tag and other
games, can be learned more easily than you think. Stick with games in which the
autistic child is not forced to have close physical contact with other children,
as this may be hurtful for autistic individuals. Also, remember to play to your
childís strengths or what he or she wishes to learn. If he or she has a problem
with yelling inappropriately, for example, encouraging him or her to be involved
with a game of hide and seek may help curb this behavior.
Autistic children often wish to be
included in games with non-autistic peers. At home, focus on games that involve
closer contact with trusted family members. For example, make it a game to get
across the room without touching the floor. Perhaps the only route in some
instances is to be carried. Remember that each child is different,
developmentally, so stay in tune with how challenging the activities should be.
As your child matures, he or she may
want to be involved with organized sports. This should be encouraged, but choose
your sport carefully. Golf, baseball, and other sports that do not involve
strong personal sensory stimulation and may be better for your child, than
something like tackle football. However, be open to all possibilities. Be sure
the team's coach understands your child's disability and is willing to work with
him or her.
At this later developmental stage, also
continue encouraging learning activities. Sensory games work well to further
teach these children, and as they mature emphasize the importance of appropriate
behavior as you are playing these games. Using things like water balloons in
games your child already enjoys is often another way to expand the range of
activites. Don't forget that an autistic individual has trouble seeing
things from another's point of view. Therefore, they may be less likely to enjoy
games in which something must be kept a secret from another person (like
Overall, you and your child need to
grow together. Remember that although he or she has many special needs,
sometimes your child needs to simply be a kid as well. Encourage play along with
work, and realize that games and activities for autistic children may fulfil two
key elements, socialization skills for life and learning to enjoy playing with
There are many more resources and
information about diagnosing, controlling and treating Autism in,
Guide To Autism.
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