What is autism? Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a serious neurological condition that currently affects more than 3.5 million people all over the country, most of whom start showing symptoms as early as age three. ASD can be a completely frightening experience. Approximately 30 to 50% of Americans with autism also suffer from regular seizures. Nearly all children with autism process sensory information differently. As is, sounds may seem extremely loud, colors may appear uncomfortably bright, and gentle touches may be suffocating.
Commonplace Things That Lend Themselves To Great Sensory Activities
Even seemingly small things may be valid treatments for autism and/or constructive ways to stimulate the senses and hone development and social skills. What is a relatively small thing that can be a big help? Bubbles. Consider purchasing a bubble machine -- or making your own bubbles from a wand (or DIY hoop) and soap. Bubble wrap is similarly effective and popular among children. One mother recommends bubble wrap hopscotch. Cut large pieces of bubble wrap into hopscotch squares, arrange the squares into a hopscotch board, and draw large numbers onto each square with a Sharpie. Challenge kids to complete the course.
Keep Play Fun, Focused, and Active
As with all children, it is critical for children with ASD to regularly exercise. There are some great ways to do this. Enroll children in special swimming lessons for kids with autism. Water helps stimulate and grow kids' sensory abilities as well.
Special Autism Products And Toys
Finally, there are all sorts of fun autism products and toys for parents to purchase. Sensory swings, sensory ball pits, and weighted blankets are just a few things kids can use for relaxation and/or play. These materials are often designed with bright colors and a variety of textures (i.e. several different ways to engage the senses) in mind.
Help kids with autism spectrum disorder overcome some of their biggest challenges -- like processing sensory information. Have fun with bubbles, pick fun exercises, and purchase toys specifically designed to help autistic children grow and flourish.