Autism Corner: 10 Autumn Activities for Children with Autism
[Source: Friendship Circle]
It’s finally cooling down–or maybe you live where it’s already cold! Either way, this is my favorite season of the year. I LOVE the colors, the crisp cool air, and honestly, I think fall is the best time of year to enjoy the outdoors. For kids with special needs and sensory challenges, the outdoors is the perfect sensory playground. I’ve picked my favorite activities, and if you have others, then I say, “Go for it!” Don’t pass up this special time of year!
1. Heavy Body Work on a Hill
So this is my favorite fall activity: rolling down hills. I don’t know why, but finding a great hill and just going for it seems to go together with this season. Rolling encourages large motor coordination, vestibular orientation and motor planning. If you have a child who doesn’t like to roll, get a cardboard square and find a dry grassy hill to slide down. My mother-in-law used to do this with my twins, and I can tell you now, it is their favorite memory. Oh…and she was 78 at the time. No excuses.
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