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Best Sensory Activities for Children with Autism

Best Sensory Activities for Children with Autism

While the rest of the children are living their everyday life with fun, education, and entertainment, children with autism are living in a completely different world. They experience all such things in very different ways. So, what can we do to motivate these children to enhance their creativity and learning?

The best way to help children with autism is to engage them in sensory activities.

Sensory activities provide children with autism with great learning potential and therefore are a great way for children with ASD to enhance their capabilities. Now, the second good thing is that you don’t need any fancy material. You can easily prepare for sensory activities at home by using common tools and items from the kitchen and the backyard.

In this article, we have created a list of 10 easy Sensory activities for children with autism that you can easily prepare at home. These activities will make learning fun for autistic children.

Tips before getting started:

  • There are no rules for playing so you can make any changes according to your child’s interests.
  • Make sure to have enough supply of plastic storage bins.
  • Don’t leave your child alone and play with them.
  • Don’t force your child to get involved in any activity.
  • Never give up! If your child is not in the mood to play you can try another day by changing the objects and items.

6 Sensory activities for children with autism

1.  Window painting with shaving cream:

Put a huge amount of shaving cream over the window and let the fun begin!

Ask your child to write letters, and words and draw whatever they want using their fingers over the window. You can also place some of the creams on their hands and let them press over the window and experience that feeling. If you are having fun inside, the sunlight also plays its role by creating a different tactile experience.

Benefits:

This fun activity helps your child to work on their tactile senses and also develops their fine motor skills.

2.  Pouring station:

The pouring station is quite an entertaining Sensory activity for children with autism and helps to keep your child engaged for a long period. You need to lay down a small plastic box on the ground. Now, take containers of different sizes and fill them up with measuring cups, plastic drinking cups, pitcher bowls, funnels, ice cube trays, etc. Now, pour water into a couple of them and also add food coloring to them.

Now encourage your child to pour from one to another, mix and dilute the colors. Talk about the changing colors and the overflowing and spoilage of different containers.

Benefits:

The activity increases the attention span of your child and improves their concentration. Furthermore, the pouring station improves their hand-eye coordination and balancing skills.

3.  Ball Pit:

You need a huge amount of plastic balls around 200-500. For the pit, you need a blow-up pool, tent, giant box, or memory foam with an engaging design. Now start the fun by pouring the balls into the pool and letting your child dive in. Talk about the beautiful colors, shapes, and texture of the ball.

Benefits:

Playing with the ball offers a wide range of benefits for children with autism. The balls apply gentle pressure that acts as a massage. Additionally, a ball pit also works on your child’s gross motor skills, communication, and socialization.

4.  Sensory walk:

Grab some shallow plastic tubs and go on an open sidewalk. Now fill each plastic tub with a different item. You can choose pom poms, cotton balls, sand, shaving cream, water beads, dry lentils, feathers, dry leaves, and water.

You also need a bin of water to place in between sticky materials. Now, encourage your child to step from bin to bin and explore different feelings by stepping on different textures. Talk to them about how they feel about every object.

Benefits:

This sort of walk works great on the senses of your child and also aids in coordination and balancing.

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5.  Plastic bag kites:

You might have lots of reusable bags in your home. Grab that bag and 1-2 feet of string. Now, tie the string to the handle of the bags to make an extension. Go outside, told your kid to hold on to it, and run.

Benefits:

This activity benefits your child’s gross motor skills and improves their senses of hearing and touch.

6.  Underwater scene:

Collect various stones, rocks, and shells of different shapes and sizes with your child. You can also add sand, souls, and leaves to your collection. Now ask your child to arrange the objects in a plastic bin and make their underwater world. You can also add sea creatures’ toys to their aquatic world. Now fill the bin with the water slowly and let your child explore what is happening.

Creates waves by moving your hand in the water. Don’t forget to talk with your child while playing. You can also tell them a story to make the activity more interesting.

Benefits:

Creating an aquatic environment helps your child to explore the outdoors and promotes experimentation. This activity also engages them in pretend play.

Final thoughts:

All the above-mentioned sensory activities help children with autism in enhancing their creativity, cognitive development, and functional skills. Involving in all such activities helps children with ASD by strengthening their self-regulation and making them able to train their brains to alter their responses.

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