The weather may be getting warmer, but for most of us, springtime also means rainy days and lots of time spent indoors. If you have a child with autism, you know that it can sometimes be tough to find fun, stimulating activities to do with them outside the classroom. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some indoor activity ideas to keep your child with autism entertained and engaged during the rainy season:
- Sensory Activities: There are many indoor games that are sensory in nature, and as we know, focusing on the senses is very important when interacting with children with autism and improving basic language and learning skills. Try games such as I Spy or Touch and Tell, which help to make them aware of their environment and stimulate multiple senses.
- Art Work: As most children with autism are very artistically inclined, art activities are a great way to facilitate creativity and expressiveness. More importantly, the colors promote crucial sensory development. Whether it’s working with crayons, colored pencils, paint or any other art supplies, art-based activities are wonderful sensory learning tools.
- Craft Work: Though they may seem similar to ark work, crafts can be beneficial in other ways, such as building patience and working on fine motor skills. Making collages and colorful tissue-paper creations, and even working with clay to create models and representations of objects are just a few ideas for this type of activity.
- Reading and Story Telling: Any type of interaction is immensely valuable for a child with autism, and reading stories and poems is a great way to do just that. You can read to them, have them repeat what you’ve read and even have them read aloud from the stories or poems on their own.
- Songs and Music: Children with autism generally respond positively to the sound of music, and they respond equally well to the opportunity to play instruments or sing songs, themselves. Singing and playing simple, upbeat songs with your child can get them interacting with you and keep both of you entertained.
In addition to these interactive activities, there are also some excellent smartphone and tablet applications available, which you can find on our Pinterest Board titled, “Super Apps!!” Additionally, you can see our parent resources here.