When you have a child with autism, you have the opportunity to explore sensory stimulating activities with shapes, colors, and other activities that can occupy your child’s attention. The activities should be fun, attention grabbing, and foster a calmness in your child. It can be difficult raising a child with autism, but with the right activities and patience, your child can flourish. At the Autism Academy, we understand the struggle most parents face when raising a child with autism. During the holidays, it can be even more chaotic because your child is filled with sugar and excitement about their impending gifts. Winter break can be consumed with difficulties, which is why we put together some educational activities for your child with autism. As a school for children with autism, the Autism Academy is able to provide your child with an educational environment that will help him or her develop and build life skills. In addition, we create a supportive environment for children with autism with the activities, social skills, and learning skills we develop each and every day. It might be a long break, but with these fun activities we put together, your child will stay stimulated and learn without knowing it all break long.
Practice Storytelling With Paint Chips
Storytelling is fun, and will help your child use his or her imagination. Telling a story will also help develop your child’s memory skills, reading comprehension skills, communication skills, and support their creativity. When you tell a story or have your child repeat a story back to you, it can be great to build skills. When you introduce paint chips into the process, you are ensuring that your child with autism is able to use their imagination and can use sensory details to stay occupied. Take a paint chip, and sit down with your child. Use words instead of the paint, and it will help your child verbally communicate. It can be hard for some children who have autism to communicate their needs, but when you make them more comfortable with communication it will get easier. Use the paint chips as an imaginative activity, have your child use his or her words, and make the story as elaborate as he or she wants.
As you know, sometimes, your child can get very anxious and out of control when he or she is having difficulty communicating his or her needs. A great way to help your child calm down and focus is with these great calming bottles. These bottles will help regulate your child’s behavior because of the bright colors and calming nature of the movement of the bottle. When your child is acting out, instead of putting him or her in ‘time out,’ have him or her sit in one place and focus on the bottle. These bottles will help get your child’s behavior under control because they focus on this one bottle. They’re an easy activity that you and your child can do together or you can create for when your child’s behavior is out of control. Take a water bottle; try a Smart Water bottle because of the long shape of them. Pour glitter into the bottle. Any color that is your child’s favorite will do. Try bright colors like red, yellow, or orange. After pouring the glitter into the bottle, pour in clear glue, and glitter glue that matches the color or not, whatever your preference may be. Seal the cap with a hot glue gun and once dry, begin to shake.
Painting With Bubble Wrap
Another great activity to try out is painting with bubble wrap. If your child likes to paint, this is a fun activity to try; however, it is messy. Bubble wrap painting is fun to play with, and it can help your child be creative and tell a story. The first thing you need to do is trust that your child likes bubble wrap. If he or she doesn’t like bubble wrap, try alternative materials, such as paper towels, styrofoam, or cardboard. Bubble wrap is a great sensory item, and when you child enjoys painting he or she is able to do a little more than usual and get more creative. All you need is bubble wrap or a similar material your child doesn’t mind touching, some paint, and a large sheet of paper. Watch your child tell a story and get creative with the paint.
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