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10 Inclusive Family Activities for Children with Autism

Updated: May 19

Written by PLAYWORK | April 2024

Engaging in activities as a family is not only a great way to bond but also an opportunity to create inclusive experiences that cater to every member, including those with autism. Here are 10 family activities that can be enjoyable and accommodating for children on the autism spectrum:

  1. Nature Walks: Take a stroll through a local park or nature reserve. The calming environment and sensory stimulation from nature can be soothing for autistic children.

  2. Sensory Play: Set up a sensory play station at home with items like kinetic sand, water beads, or textured fabrics. This hands-on experience can provide sensory input in a controlled and comfortable environment.

  3. Art and Craft Sessions: Get creative with art projects like painting, drawing, or crafting. Use different textures and materials to engage the senses and encourage self-expression.

  4. Music Time: Explore the world of music by listening to favorite songs, playing musical instruments, or even creating a family band. Music can be a powerful tool for relaxation and expression.

  5. Puzzle Fun: Work on puzzles together as a family. Choose puzzles with varying difficulty levels to suit your child's abilities and preferences.

  6. Animal Encounters: Visit a local petting zoo, aquarium, or animal sanctuary. Interacting with animals can be therapeutic and educational for children with autism.

  7. Storytime: Read books together or create your own stories using pictures or props. This activity encourages language development and imagination in a relaxed setting.

  8. Outdoor Games: Play simple outdoor games like tag, hide and seek, or ball games in a safe and spacious area. These activities promote physical exercise and social interaction.

  9. Movie Nights: Enjoy a movie night at home with popcorn and cozy blankets. Choose movies that cater to your child's interests and sensory sensitivities, and create a comfortable viewing environment.

  10. Use therapy tools and equipment: to provide additional support and sensory input for the children. One example is the Smart PLAYBALL by PLAYWORK, which combines sensory stimulation with physical activity. This interactive ball features colorful lights and various textures, encouraging tactile exploration and gross motor skill development.

By incorporating these inclusive activities into your family routine, you can create memorable experiences that accommodate the needs of children with autism while strengthening family bonds. Remember to be patient, flexible, and supportive, allowing your child to participate at their own pace and comfort level.

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