Having a member of the family with autism can restrict your abilities to go out and partake in everyday family activities. After all, it is important that you are aware and respectful of their needs. However, just because your child has autism, does not mean you can not go out and have fun!
Dealing with an autism diagnosis can be difficult at times. Many family routines involve plenty of structure and therapy time, but it is important to schedule in plenty of time for fun too. Keep in mind that they are still kids who will enjoy spending quality time with you. Specialised Action Behaviour Centres, such as actionbehavior.com, are excellent at combining the two. However, there are tons of fantastic ideas that get everyone involved outside of centres too.
Here are six family friendly activities that your child with autism is guaranteed to love:
Go for a hike
Taking a walk outdoors is a great way to get the whole family exercising and your child will enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery. Choose an easy route close to home to get you started and make sure all family members get involved.
Finger painting is a great way for your child to learn about colours, textures, and creativity. See if your child can make words, shapes, or animal figures by using their hands and fingerprints. Watch out though, this activity can get messy!
Get a museum pass
If you have a local museum that you think your kid would love, we recommend that you get a museum pass. This way, you can go as often as you would like during non-peak hours. This provides a calmer environment for your child to enjoy the sights. If you visit the place regularly, this will familiarize your child with the space and create a new routine.
Visit Disney World
This may not be the cheapest idea on the list, however, Disney World tends to be an unforgettable experience for all children. The facility offers a disability pass for children, so you will not have to worry about waiting in extra-long lines. If you are worried about the noise, make sure to pack some noise cancelling headphones.
Movie projector night
Who does not love a movie night? You can make this an extra special event by setting up a projector and making a fort in your living room or garden. Make some movie treats before you get settled and enjoy!
Make your own slime
Slime is a fun sensory experience that your child will love. What is even better is that you can make it yourself. All you need to make your own slime is some Elmer’s glue, food colouring, baking soda, and contact solution. Check out this slime recipe for a step-by-step guide.
Not only does yoga help children learn balance and stretching, but it is also a great way to learn breathing techniques. For children who may experience abnormal levels of stress and anxiety, yoga is a great sport to learn.