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It’s no secret that working and interacting with children that have autism can be a challenge, but yet is so rewarding as well. In order to help your child and yourself overcome some of these obstacles, we’ve come up with a great list of tips that you can use when interacting with children with autism. These can help them interact with their surroundings, while at the same time teaching valuable daily living skills.  

  • Following instructions to walk to a place or person and get a named item – This is an easy way to get your child to learn about the environment around them. Ask them to go to a certain room in the house and retrieve something; for example, a favorite toy from their room, a book or magazine, etc. You can also have them approach you and ask for a particular item.
  • Label body parts – Try a fun tickling game! Start naming your child’s body parts that you’re tickling, pause and say, “I’m going to tickle…” and have your child tell you where they want to be tickled. You can also reverse the game and have your child tickle you, which helps in teaching them additional interaction skills.
  • Imitation of a number sequence – Start by teaching them simple, useful numbers such as your home or cell phone number and your home address. To increase their memorization skills, try writing the numbers out, having them repeat the entire sequence, then covering a number in the sequence each time they correctly recite it.
  • Follow an instruction to do an action – Have your child approach a friend or family member they trust and encourage your child to give them a hug or a high five.
  • Demonstrate a pretend action or Sociodramatic Play – This is a great way to be creative when interacting with your child. You can pretend to do anything fun and interesting, such as being firemen and putting out a fire, or even having a tea party.
  • Offer a comfort object – For children with Sensory Processing Disorder, certain objects can provide a feeling of control, reassurance and predictability during times of transition and change. This can be something that has tactile interest and/or emotional significance to you child. Examples of these include:
  • A photograph                       
  • Fabric or a toy with a unique texture (a squishy ball, silky fabric)
  • An object from nature
  • A book
  • A symbol of faith or spirituality
  • A timepiece, such as a watch
  • A small stuffed animal
  • An article of clothing or jewelry
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