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Prepare Kids With Autism For Natural And Health Emergencies

The past two years have been difficult for COVID-19. Everyone had to adjust their schedules differently, bringing new changes into their lives. While adults struggled to adapt to the changes, we can only imagine how difficult it had been for kids with autism.

A child with ASD is usually more sensitive than others. But it does not mean they cannot cope with changes. Though usually, there are multiple autism treatment programs available, you can keep your child indoors and prepare them to face all the possible natural and health emergencies. So, we have provided you with a list of several indoor activities that can help your child improve and get entertained.

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1. Sensory Beans

Sensory beans are the first choice when it comes to keeping your children engaged with some activities while improving their motor skills. Playing with different types of sensory beans can help your children identify colors. So, here are three types of sensory beans activities that you can play with your kids:

  • Moon Sand Sensory Beans

You can take sand and hide different small toys, dinosaurs, and shells underneath the sand. Give them a thin brush and ask them to become an archaeologist. By discovering the dinosaurs and toys, they can identify the items. To make it more interesting, you can add cookie cutters and sand toys to play the game.

  • Water And Soap Bean

If you are too busy and do not have the time to hide things under the sand, then do not worry! You can grab any item from your house and ask your kids to tell you if the items float on the water or sink.

  • Rice Bin

Take some small toys or letters from your house and hide them in a bin. Ask kids to find those letters or toys. Incorporating letters in the game that spell their name can help kids to identify the letters while enjoying the game. You do not have to take your kids to any autism treatment program if you play these less tiring games with them.

2. Scavenger Hunt

Who says that a scavenger hunt is an outdoor game? An indoor scavenger hunt can be as enjoyable as an outdoor scavenger hunt. Most importantly, this activity is great for kids who have ASD. It not only helps to build kids’ listening power but also helps them learn to communicate with others.

Follow some of the below-mentioned ideas for playing an indoor scavenger hunt game:

  • Color Scavenger Hunt 

Ask your children to find out things that are blue, red, green, yellow, etc. It helps them to learn about colors and teaches them how to communicate with others.

  • Prepositional Scavenger Hunt

While asking your kids to find something from a place, add more prepositions to the sentence. For example, you can say find something that is above the table or find out the things that are under the bed. By playing this game, they learn to pay attention. As a result, their listening power grows.

  • Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

You can place different letters around the house and ask your kids to find those letters. You can also ask them to take those letters and make a meaningful word to increase their knowledge.

3. Simon Says

It is another indoor activity for kids. In this game, you can instruct your kids to do something or give them some directions. Some simple directions are:

  • Simon says, “Run in the garden three times.”
  • Simon says, “ Hop like a frog ten times.”
  • Simon says, “ Sit with your arms raised for five seconds.”

If you see any improvement in your kids, consider making the directions a little more advanced. Such as:

  • Simon says, “Jump four times, then hop like a frog seven times and touch your toes five times.
  • Simon says, “ Do jumping jacks three times, then crab walk to the bed.”

These activities can help kids with autism spectrum disorder by strengthening their motor skills while developing their listening power simultaneously.

4. Yoga

Yoga became the only means to maintain a healthy lifestyle when no gym was open. It is undoubtedly the best way to build kids listening power and attention. You can lead the yoga session by asking your kids to follow you, or your children can lead the same session while you follow them. It can help them communicate with their family members too.

Conclusion

It is a little more difficult for any child to cope with new changes. However, changes and emergencies are real, and they must get accustomed to them. But children with autism face more difficulty than anyone else, especially if they are kept inside when they need to communicate with others and build connections. However, the above-mentioned indoor activities can prepare these kids to face any natural or health emergencies by developing their communication and various motor skills.