Time for Change with Concept Learning? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/change-with-concept-learning/

Time for Change with Concept Learning?

One of the keyways I have been supporting learners during my time as a special needs school teaching assistant and as an LSA at a local college, and now with my own daughter, who I am home educating, is by providing learning that is interest based. This means that the activities and tasks I provide

Why These Games Are the Best for People With ADHD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-adhd-games/

Why These Games Are the Best for People With ADHD

Owen had been holding it together all day. Great day at school, amazing time at aftercare, and baseball practice? Nailed it! He was exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically. All he wanted to do was eat dinner and play on his phone. Mom’s plan for doing chores was met with as much resistance as he could

Kids’ Rhythm Instruments Benefits for Autistic Children https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/how-rhythm-instruments-support-kids/

Kids’ Rhythm Instruments: Benefits for Autistic Children

Rhythm or percussion instruments are any instruments that you can shake, hit or scrape to make a noise. These instruments require force, eye-hand coordination, and motor skills, which is why investing in kids’ rhythm instruments is so important. Playing musical instruments is perfect for developing fine motor skills and developing gross motor skills. For those

Autism Crafts: Ideas for Getting Creative with Your Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-crafts-idea/

Autism Crafts: Ideas for Getting Creative with Your Child

I looked up at my grandmother from my place on the floor. I had been sitting next to a small table near the landing of the staircase that was covered in elephant figurines. “Where did you get all these elephants?” She smiled at me: “My friends gave them to me. One day I mentioned that

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Summer Camp for Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/summer-camp-autism/

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Summer Camp for Autism

The traditional summer camp experience is something a lot of people look forward to attending, but what about a summer camp for autism? There are plenty of questions to ask and qualifications to check out when considering a camp for your child on the spectrum. When the school year ends, how do you know if

Visiting a Russian Summer Camp for Autism

Visiting a Russian Summer Camp for Autism

In Russia, a camp specifically designed for individuals with autism helps provide the support and resources they often lack. On the banks of Russia’s scenic Vuoksi River, between St. Petersburg and the border of Finland, is a camp for Russian children and adults with autism. Every summer, campers (and a handful of volunteers) gather to

Panathlon: the ‘Perfect Match’ for Autistic Pupils https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/panathlon-autistic-pupils/

Panathlon: the ‘Perfect Match’ for Autistic Pupils

A profile feature about Panathlon, a UK charity that gives young people with special needs the opportunity to engage in competitive sport. Children with autism have flourished in and out of the sporting arena as a result of Panathlon’s competitions for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. Pre-Covid, over 20,000 young people from more

How to Plan a Fantastic Summer Break for an ASD Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/plan-fantastic-summer-break-asd/

How to Plan a Fantastic Summer Break for an ASD Child

Summer is full of memorable moments such as family vacations to the beach, day trips to the zoo, or going to a certified autism center theme park, such as Sesame Place. But as a mother of a child with autism, I’ve learned the season also involves careful and strategic planning, like any activity that is

Top Ways to Use Lego Blocks for Purposeful Play With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-lego-purposeful-play-autism/

Top Ways to Use Lego Blocks for Purposeful Play With Autism

Some people believe they are not ‘good’ at playing with Lego® blocks, others prefer other toys or activities, but very few people really dislike it. Traditionally Lego has been seen as a toy, however, this is not necessarily the case anymore. Lego is increasingly being used as a tool to encourage and develop creativity, improve

The Wonders and Benefits of Art for Children With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/art-for-children-with-autism/

The Wonders and Benefits of Art for Children With Autism

The experience of expressing one’s self through art has widely been practiced as a form of therapy, as it’s no surprise that art brings a sense of calmness and serenity. This type of therapy is known as ‘art therapy,’ and it is a treatment widely used by therapists in meeting the challenges often faced by

How to Build Social Skills for Life Using Minecraft https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/build-social-skills-using-minecraft/

How to Build Social Skills for Life Using Minecraft

Video games, social media, and technology are becoming an increasingly large part of our children’s lives. Digital play is now the most common type of play engaged in by younger children. Recent studies suggest that kids under the age of eight spend about 2.5 hours per day with screen media. For kids five and under,

Video Games: The Good And The Bad for Aspies https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/video-games-for-autism-child/

Video Games: The Good And The Bad for Aspies

Once upon a time, there was a guy who didn’t like to go outside. That guy was me. Being outside scared me, not in the literal sense of the phrase, but I did feel uneasy when I wasn’t in my house. I had a good time once in a while, but there were times when

Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child with ASD for Air Travel https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/preparing-autism-child-air-travel/

Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child with ASD for Air Travel

We all need holidays at least once a year. Traveling by plane is pretty exciting for many of us, but for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), air travel can be particularly stressful. Here are eight tips to help make traveling by plane an easier, more positive experience for the whole family: If it is

How to Keep Your Special Needs Child Busy When Stuck Indoors

Whether it’s raining cats and dogs or just too cold to go outside, it’s important that parents know how to entertain and keep their special needs kids busy when they’re stuck inside. Next time you and your kids are looking for a way to beat cabin fever, try one of these fun activities: 1. Bake

Sensory Play Ideas and Summer Activities For Kids With Autism

Does your child with autism become overstimulated or bored easily? With the school year coming to an end, are you looking for sensory play ideas for your child? This guide will provide a variety of ideas for fun sensory activities for children with autism. How do sensory issues affect children with autism? The study found

The Best Board Games for Children with Autism

The Best Board Games for Children with Autism

On a cold, rainy day, there’s nothing better than board games. But for your child on the spectrum, which autism board games are best? Studies have shown that board games can benefit children with autism as they help develop skills they would otherwise find hard to master. Below is a list of seven of the

5 Simple Art Projects For a Child with Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/art-projects-for-special-needs/

5 Simple Art Projects For a Child with Special Needs

There’s a reason children are encouraged to draw and paint at a young age. One of the most important reasons for this is to develop the critical motor skills. Interestingly, studies have also shown that exposure to art at a young age can help children develop socially and emotionally and it teaches them analytical and

Easy Ways to Teach Important Language and Leisure Skills https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/teaching-important-language-leisure-skills

Easy Ways to Teach Important Language and Leisure Skills

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) benefit from direct instruction regarding leisure skills and the language that is embedded throughout these activities.  Dr. Mark and Cindy Sundberg recently presented on this topic and noted play provides a comfortable and natural way for parents and children to interact. In addition, children with autism and other language

10 Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles For People with Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/benefits-of-jigsaw-puzzles

10 Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles For People with Special Needs

I am the mother of a beautiful daughter who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and by sheer coincidence, I own a puzzle company.  I clearly remember the light bulb moment when I was working on my hobby, which is jigsaw puzzles, and my daughter came over to the table where I was assembling the pieces

Simple Ways Video Self-Modeling Can Help Your ASD Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-skill-con…ions-using-games/ ‎

Simple Ways to Make Social Skill Connections Using Games

When you first hear that a computer game or a video game is trying to teach someone about the social or emotional world, you can’t be blamed if your first thought is, “Are you kidding?”  If you want to learn how to shoot a lot of monsters or jump over an onslaught of obstacles, sure,

Making Popular Video Games Good for Kids Affected by Autism

It’s hard to find a child these days who doesn’t love video games, but for many kids on the autism spectrum, digital play has an especially strong draw.  Children affected by autism appear to be particularly attracted to video games because of the visual nature of screen-based technology, the structure, and immediate feedback gaming provides. 

The Broomstick Game

The Broomstick Game: A Simple Way to Stimulate Your Child’s Proprioceptive System

Working as a pediatric occupational therapist for 45 years and almost exclusively with children on the spectrum for the last 20 years, I’ve learned an important fact: children on the spectrum like deep touch. This isn’t news and it’s why parents hear about the benefits of a child wearing a tight vest, playing squishy games

Connect with your ASD child with Minecraft

The Simple Game of Minecraft: Top Ways to Connect with Your ASD Child

Video games were a sore point in my house for many years because my son and I could not agree on age appropriate titles.  Sebastian’s choices revolved around what are often called “First Person Shooters,” war-themed adventures riddled with ferocious violence, whereas I was hoping for him to play Super Mario Brothers or some other

LEGO Therapy: How to Build Connections with Autism - One Brick at a Time https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/lego-therapy-how-to-build-connections-with-autism-one-brick-at-a-time/

LEGO Therapy: How to Build Connections with Autism – One Brick at a Time

It All Comes Down to Play: Autism Play Therapy Play is an important activity of childhood and is understood to contribute to healthy development1. It is so important that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has identified play as the right of every child2. Through play, children have opportunities to move, be curious

Sensory Activities That Children Will Want To Do

Every child learns through play, it is an innate and natural part of their development. For this reason, the use of sensory activities help kids to engage in play and interact with the environment to improve their sensory experiences. Benefits of sensory activities for children with autism According to Little, et al. (2015), one benefit