Autism activities to do at home
Here are some activities that you can do as a parent or caregiver to help alleviate some of the challenges. These activities can be individualized based on your child’s preferences, sensitivities, and developmental level. The goal is to create a supportive environment tailored to their unique needs. Involving family members and caregivers in these activities can enhance their effectiveness.
1. Communications skills development
Encourage language development through activities like picture cards, speech therapy apps, or interactive games that promote verbal communication, aiding in overcoming delays in language.
2. Eye contact building exercise
Use structured activities, such as games with eye contact prompts, to gradually build the skill of making and maintaining eye contact in a comfortable and supportive environment.
3. Structured social play sessions
Engage the child in structured playdates or activities that focus on building social skills, encouraging turn-taking, sharing, and appropriate social interactions through guided play.
4. Sensory integration activities
Provide sensory-friendly activities like swinging, jumping on a trampoline, or playing with textured materials, which can help redirect self-stimulatory behaviors into more socially acceptable outlets.
5. Emotional regulation techniques
Teach and practice techniques for emotional regulation, such as using visual schedules, social stories, or breathing exercises, to help manage emotions and reduce the likelihood of tantrums.
6. Gradual introduction to physical affection
Gradually introduce physical affection through activities like joint activities that involve touch, such as crafting together, playing with soft materials, or engaging in activities where physical closeness is part of the experience.