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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Dana Reinhardt, MEd

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Amy Eleftheriades, PGCE, MEd

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Nur Amalina Zulkifli

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,

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Randy Kulman, PhD

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

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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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Martina Riepen, MA

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Felicity Dryer

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

For a parent, it can seem overwhelming when a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  There are a myriad of conditions that affect children in so many different ways — some children have trouble with communication and concentration while others struggle with repetitive behavior and can be extremely sensitive to touch, certain sounds,

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Aradhana Pandey

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Aradhana Pandey

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Rosemarie Griffin, CCC-SLP, BCBA

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Beverly Nance

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,

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Casey Wimsatt

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. 

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Randy Kulman, PhD

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Barbara Sher

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Colin Rhodes

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

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA

Autism Parenting Magazine is thrilled to provide an exclusive video interview this month by Debi Taylor with Colleen Southard of Charis Hills, a unique Summer Camp near the Dallas/Fort Worth area for kids with learning differences and social difficulties such as ADD, ADHD, High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s disorder, and other special needs. Charis Hills is dedicated

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Debi Taylor

I noticed this summer that beanbags have made a comeback in society. In my family, they are somewhat of a staple. My two children that are on the spectrum have a tendency to throw. I learned when my oldest was young that bean bags help lessen the incidence of throwing. Therapists suggested buying a bean

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in Autism Activities for Kids by Leslie Burby