Autism is the most common type of pervasive development disorder and affects 1 in 88 children. This means the child’s development in communication and social skills will be impaired. Generally, a child will be diagnosed early on, giving the parents and support staff the opportunity to develop activities to aid the child’s development. Giving a child these specialized activities will improve the long-term quality of life significantly.
By breaking down the activities as “Indoor and Outdoor”, it will provide the teacher or parent the opportunity to map out a schedule that everyone can follow.
Generally most autistic children suffer from a lack of muscular strength. This is directly involved with cognitive delays that will result in physical coordination impairments. Activities that are termed “target practice” will involve things like throwing a ball. This activity is aimed at hand eye coordination that involved hand, wrist and arm strength.
Sensory actives can be combines to also involve hand strength. Manipulating Play-Doh, clay and other similar materials will involve a child in touching different textures while improving the strength in hand and wrist. Using painting and drawing to develop object interaction will be a common activity to draw a child into. Introducing activities like connect the dots will apply stronger concentration fostering object recognition as well as object recognition.
Think outside the box. Try moving locations; don’t remain in school yard or a park. Try taking the child to the beach. Drawing in sand can improve finger strength and conditioning. Involving shovels, pails of different sizes and molding materials will encourage environmental interaction as well as strength for hand and arm muscles. Try to make it fun by involving some water squirt guns. This trigger action will improve hand strength as well as bolstering social interaction with hand-eye coordination.
Sometimes children with autism may appear non-responsive to their environment which includes people. Behavior therapy can help develop skills further.
There are a couple different activities you can try to encourage and draw out a child with autism. Role paying can help socially; this interaction can have any type of setting that will spark interest in the child.
Music is an excellent form of behavioral therapy for a child with autism. Music can be made into an exercise that can act as a social or sensory stimulator. Mimicking sounds, notes or even humming can cause a child to engage in this exercise readily.
Outside these activities, bring your child to familiar places with they can simply visit or play. Involving your child in these types of environments will encourage interaction and play at their own pace. These will establish their own type if interpersonal skills with other autistic children. Involving your child in these activities not only promotes development activities. It also is a form of speech and communication training while your child is being involved with other teachers or students.