It is well known that a common trait in autistic children is to be utterly interested or not interested at all when it comes to games and activities. This condition can be challenging for parents that want to engage with their children in fun activities that can be beneficial for the child.
Today, we want to help you bond with your child by sharing with you some activities that can be educational/beneficial as well as fun and engaging for ASD children.
Fun Activities To Engage With Your Child
The following activities will help you build your child`s educational, communicational, and interpersonal skills while being fun, easy, and engaging. Are you ready to have a blast?
1.- Playing Spies (Focus): It is well known that autistic children can have a hard time focusing on one thing, and tend to get distracted. Playing spies with a “Telescope” made out of toilet paper cardboard rolls can be a great way to help them focus while paying attention to their surroundings, and having fun. This is a great way to allow your child to look at specific things without feeling overwhelmed, and it can be a great way for them to engage with his/her siblings too.
2.- Making Sensory Jars (Stimulation): Sensory jars are a great way to help your child develop his/her sense of touch and sensibility while playing. Creating and filling sensory jars with the help of your child is a great way to stimulate their coordination, focus, and sense of touch while utilizing suitable stimulative material as feathers, sand, rice, buttons, and even straws.
3.- Playing Soldiers (Physical Coordination): You can build an obstacle course in your garden utilizing pool noodles to create the divisions. This way you can play with your child on the spectrum and his/her siblings to overcome the obstacles and help them bond together as well. They can take turns and cheer for each other. Having your child crawl, jump, and roll is a great way to stimulate their motor coordination while having a good time outside.
4.- Making Candy Bracelets (Physical Coordination/Taste): Another fun indoor activity that you can engage with your child is candy jewelry making. This is an incredible activity that helps your child focus while coordinating the motor skills in some specific task and also taste different flavors. Children love this activity for it involves candy, and craft. We highly recommend you to choose some fruit–based candy reduced in sugar, and also a kind that allows them to taste different flavors (sour, sweet, bittersweet) while learning to name and differentiate them.
5.- Finger Painting (Creativity/Motor Skills): Although it can get a bit messy, this is a great way to help your child have fun with developing their artistic side. You will need water-based paint and paper. This particular activity is great for ASD children for it allows them to learn the colors while discovering what happens when you mix 2 particular shades. It also enables them to coordinate better (if painting with a brush), and at the same time, it enhances their creativity and artistic side.
All of these activities are suitable to be done at home and most of them require very little materials that most of the time we have at home.
These are great ways to stimulate your child while bonding with him/her in a fun way. We guarantee that every second spent with your child will be absolutely worth it because aside from bonding and having fun, you will be building memories that will last a lifetime.
At WSCC, we offer support for autistic families and their children with stem cell therapy treatments that can transform autistic conditions by healing the gut, decreasing inflammation and improving brain function. We also created an on Facebook that is destined to offer support and companionship for ASD parents and their families on their journey.
Remember, you are not alone!