Summer is here and the best place to cool off is the pool. However, for a child with Autism, regular pool time does more that just cooling off. “How?” you ask . Let me explain:
Why more Pool time?
Most of you are aware about the physical advantages of playing around in . . . → Read More: Benefits of Pool time for a child with Autism
Every one knows play dough is fun. But is it therapeutic? Can playdough be used to teach skills to children with Autism? The answer is “Yes”! This colored squishy substance, does not just provide your child with opportunities to explore their creativity, but is also an important medium by which you can address various . . . → Read More: Fun with hands: Autism skills using Play dough
Help your child actively develop the concept of numbers. This activity is simple and easy to perform especially as children learn and understand the value of numbers.
Tray with compartments (e.g. an egg tray) Items to place (beads, coins) of the same color Cards with numbers marked
1. Cut . . . → Read More: Math for Autism: Count & Place
Help your child develop number concept. This activity is great for a child with autism because it is short and structured.
Picture cards with dots
Blocks/cards with numbers
Print this, stick on card and cut out.
Place the number cards on a . . . → Read More: Dots and Numbers
Does your child with autism resort to crying, screaming, clamping their mouth shut, or turning their head sideways during brushing? Do you constantly face this daily struggle with your child? If yes, read on, as here are some ideas to make this task more easier for your child and yourself.
It helps . . . → Read More: Brushing ideas for a child with Autism
Swiss balls / Exercise balls/ Therapy balls are a commonly used at Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy centers. These are used to for both motor and sensory therapy. Swiss balls can be easily used, even at home to provide vestibular and proprioceptive input. You can do many sensory activities with a Swiss ball that can . . . → Read More: Sensory Therapy for Autism With a Swiss Ball
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT is a form of treatment in which the patient breathes up to 100% oxygen intermittently under pressures greater than normal atmospheric pressure. This method was first used to treat decompression sickness, or ‘the bends’ in deep sea divers who faced problems when surfacing too quickly. As time went on . . . → Read More: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism: A Review
Paper mâché can be used to provide sensory input to a child with autism. The process of tearing paper, making paste out of glue and water and mixing the torn bits of paper into the paste helps the child experience varieties of sensations. Thus the activity can be fun as well as therapeutic for . . . → Read More: Paper Mache as a Sensory Activity for Autism
Who said that only Occupational Therapists can give sensory therapy? Most children with autism need a balanced sensory diet, that is, opportunities to participate in a variety of sensory activities and experience all the different sensations over the day. Although the level and type of sensory input each child needs is different, they all . . . → Read More: Using Bath time as a Sensory Therapy
Emotions are one of the things children with autism find very difficult to communicate. Here’s an idea to get your toddler or young child with autism to learn to define their emotions.
Use Emotion words frequently- some words you can start with are mad, happy, sad and angry. Every time the child is going . . . → Read More: Teaching Children with Autism about Emotions: