29 Apr How To Better Connect With Your Child With Autism
Figuring out how to keep your child with autism entertained, educated, happy, and progressing is not easy…especially during Covid-19. Do yourself a favor, sit back, observe, and follow your child’s lead. He will open up a world of possibilities for you. Sometimes, when we just engage in our child’s interests, doors open. He will be more interested in you and the world around him, if he has some say in the activities that you choose. This is true for children with or without autism. If you know that your child is into marbles, like my 3-year-old son, create a marble maze using recyclable household items (i.e. toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, PVC pipes, etc.). You could put some paint on a piece of paper in a baking dish, and let your child roll marbles around in the dish.
Here are a few fun marble activities that we did in our home the other day:
I found a trivet that happened to perfectly fit some marbles (I was pretty stoked about this find in my cabinet).
Oh, and let me not forgot my great-grandmother’s silver tongs and sugar bowl, that worked perfectly for picking up marbles (I like to think she would get a kick out of her great-great-grandson using and respecting her antiquities).
When you know your child is into something, rack your brain, or search the internet (or your closets) for ideas to help him expand upon this interest.
Don’t we all love to learn more about the things that interest us?
You don’t need to order a ton of stuff online. You probably have everything you need in your home. Even though you may feel exhausted (I am with you mama), it’s worth searching cabinets to come up with some fun, educational, and entertaining ideas for your little one.
If at the end of each day, the last thing you feel like doing is coming up with activities and ideas for your child with autism, click here. I’ve done all the work for you. Every weekday, families around the world are receiving fun activities, visual tools, and strategies to help their children learn new skills while maintaining old ones. By signing up to the Awesome Autism Activities group, you’ll also receive my Social Skills Workbook for free, and you will gain access to our private Facebook group where you can ask me questions and gain individualized support. Awesome Autism Activities is also perfect for educators, as you can learn some fun new ideas to help your students while you are teaching remotely.
Whatever path you choose when it comes to picking activities for your child, the important thing to remember is, when you focus on what your child loves, you will have more success getting him to learn something new. From one mama to another, you’ve got this. Hang in there and reach out for support if you need it.
What is your child interested in right now? Please share below!