Recreational Activities

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recreational activities

Creating recreational activities for your autistic child will help minimise his sensory problems as well as help him improve his fine and gross motor skills.

Every autistic child has different needs and it is up to us, as parents to find the right recreational activities that our child would love and enjoy doing.

Having a variety of fun leisure activities will help him reduce his anxiety, inappropriate behaviour and develop his fine and motor coordination. This will also enhance communication, social interaction, and creative thinking.

My son, John loves a variety of recreational activities that involves his senses, fine and gross motor coordination. He loves a variety of toys to touch and to play with as well as toys that will allow him to exert his energy.

Here are just some of the recreational activities that John enjoyed doing in which you and your child could also enjoy doing together inside and outside your home. I listed it according to its function and its benefits.

Gross Motor Activities

These activities are a good way of helping your child to get active. It involves exercise that is good for their physical, mental and emotional well-being. The repetitive movements that it allows,  decreases your child inappropriate behaviour and improves his motor coordination.

Since a lot of children enjoy walking, running, jumping,  bouncing, and swimming, the following equipment, may be useful at home especially if you have a back garden where your child could happily play.

You could also find some of these at a nearby park where your child could play alongside with other children.  This will allow him the opportunity to be with other children and will help him to socially interact in the long run.

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Sensory Motor Activities

These activities allow your autistic child to play using his sense of touch, sight, smell, and hearing.  It allows exploratory play helping your child to know the cause and effect of things.

It also allows creativity by teaching him how to create things using different media. The following toys will enhance his sensory-motor coordination.

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Board Games and Card Games

These are games that you and your child could enjoy playing together. It is a good way for your child to know how to take turns and to socially communicate and interact with others. Below are some of the board games that you could play together.

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Books and Musical Activities

Book reading could be fun for your autistic child if it has images or pictures on it. It helps your child to read and at the same time to communicate with you.

Musical activities allow your child not only to play musical instruments but to sing along with you. Nursery rhymes that are accompanied by music or action songs are fun and enjoyable. It helps your child to socially communicate with ease.

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Technology

Television, notebooks, and Ipad applications are helpful devices that will teach your child how to communicate. If your child is non-verbal, there are Ipad applications which are free to download that would teach him how to communicate.

There is also an Ipad game applications that you could also download for free. Your child will find this enjoyable and as part of his daily routine recreational activities.

Spending a lot of time in computer and Ipad game apps will only isolate him instead of helping him to communicate so, you need to provide a time for his Ipad play activities.

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These are all the recreational activities that I found useful for my son, John. They are not only fun and enjoyable but it has helped him with his sensory, communication and fine and gross motor development.

If you have any questions or suggestions about recreational activities, please feel free to leave your comments below and I will come back to you as soon as I can.

Sincerely,

Adel 🙂

14 thoughts on “Recreational Activities

    1. You are welcome, Marilyn. Thank you as well for visiting and finding my site useful. All the best to you and your grandchild. 🙂

  1. Thank you, Adel, for all these helpful information you’re providing parents, carers and children. You’re doing an amazing job!

    1. You are welcome,Lynn. It’s good you are finding it useful and informative. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  2. Thanks again Adel for providing great resources for special needs parents to use. I like how you included board and card games which a lot of children do not use anymore. However, these games help with turn taking and social skills.

    1. You are welcome, Nicole. Board games indeed are a good way of teaching special needs children to take turns, socially interact with their parents and other children and helps them improve their thinking or cognitive skill.

  3. Here is an amazing array of products that are helpful physically and mentally, and, I believe, truly can help an autistic child find his way into the 3D world!
    Then I have a growing suspicion that autistic people are set up for multidimensional achievement, which is not recognized on earth (yet), and our 3D way of thinking and handling is an enormous challenge to them.
    Helping them out in the formative years, with products like these , is, in my eyes, a true work of love.
    Thank you, Adel, for informing and helping in such a trying, but highly interesting and challenging disorder humans can have….

    Cheers,
    Therese

    1. You are welcome,Therese. Interactive play is a way of helping parents find recreational activities for their autistic child. All the recreational activities thatI mentioned here have helped my son. I am hoping that it will help other parents as well.

  4. Hi Adel,

    Thank you for a wonderful website. It is great to see how you reach out to people in this world we are living in. I am sure most people will appreciate your work in providing useful information specifically on the different recreational activities to give to their autistic child, I do. I can just imagine the frustration of parents with an autistic child, and how grateful they will be just to have the understanding of this disability that is where your website comes in handy.

    1. Thank you for appreciating my work. Giving out information like these will not only help parents find ways in providing recreational activities for their child with autism but will help them as well in understanding the need of their child when it comes to expressing their emotions through interactive play.

  5. The information you listed are very informative in helping parents find recreational activities for their autistic child with sensory-motor issues. It will give them fun and pleasure as well as help them to be creative. I think it’s great you noted at the end that a lot of modern technology can render the child to be alone because it isolates him (like video games and ipads and such). These are the most common “toys” that parents give their kids today, autistic or not, and it’s even worst for an autistic child. Although it’s important to have variety, a lot of parents just leave their kids to them. Thank you for bringing that out so people are aware that actually can harm the child’s ability to interact socially.

    1. Technological devices are useful if done appropriately and accordingly depending on the child’s special need. It provides a good method of communication for non-verbal autistic children. We need to limit their use for this purposes only and if the child needs a bit of fun and enjoyment through playing games.This will teach them how to think about the cause and effect of things. Hope I made this clear. Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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