I’m always looking for fun new ways to keep my son occupied and engaged, which isn’t easy since he has a short attention span.
One of the best ways for children with ASD to learn is through play. There are moments when my son needs to be in perpetual motion, so I try to find ways to keep him moving while keeping it fun and functional.
Like many children, my son listens to others but doesn’t always follow my instructions. He can be defiant when I ask him do something, yet he’ll comply when asked by one of his ABA therapists or teachers to complete a task. Having him do an activity at home from start to finish can be daunting for me. But I try not to throw my hands up in the air, patience is key.
I recently purchased a book called ‘101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders’. It contains many age-appropriate activities to enhance sensory development, social skills, communication skills, gross motor skills and fine motor skills. The book provides tons of great activities and games to keep kids busy and engaged.
I created a visual schedule and selected three activities. I only chose three because bedtime was fast approaching and I didn’t want to overdo it. I
The first activity was a number concept game. I wrote a number on a piece of paper (between 1-10) and the goal was for Max to place the correct amount of stickers to the corresponding number.
He was very focused during this activity. I had him count aloud as he placed each sticker on the paper. He loves to count so he did this with very few objections.
Look at him go! He really enjoyed this. I will definitely keep this activity in the rotation. Do you think we have enough stickers? 🙂
Max is a sensory seeker. He is always exploring and looking for anything he can get his little hands on. This activity was not in the book, but I keep this one on standby because I know it’s a five star lock. I place rice and/or beans into a small bin and he’ll enjoy feeling the different textures and sensations. He finds this soothing and relaxing.
It can get a bit messy, but that’s okay. He’s happy.
“Keep it in the bin, Max!”
Evidently this is more fun…
This kid loves to vacuum…at least he helped clean up. 🙂
The final activity of the evening was a trampoline. Max loves to count and this particular trampoline (Jump Start) counts each bounce. Max typically jumps until he reaches 100 bounces and then he’s done.
Happy boy, happy mamma.
No matter the age or the stage, we can all use help finding activities to keep our kids occupied and engaged. It may just save your sanity — or at least allow you to grab a much needed coffee break.