The weather is warm, school is out and there is a multitude of fun to be had! Make the most of summer break by helping your child on the spectrum have fun and learn new things.
1. Enjoy the Outdoors – The sun is out, it’s warm outside, so why not enjoy outdoor activities. Enroll your child in swim lessons; join sports camps or group activities.
Encourage your child to participate in fun activities where they can meet new people and make new friends. If your child on the spectrum is hesitant to try something new, maybe one of their peers wants to join in the fun with them to make the transition a little less stressful for them. Your child may be more interested in an activity if they have a friend to team up with. Doing outdoor activities is a great way to spend quality time with your children and show the importance of physical fitness. Take an evening walk or bike ride with your child on the spectrum and explore the beauty of nature in your community. Make summer picnics in the park and read stories or watch your child enjoy the playground…the options are limitless.
2. Stimulate Your Child’s Creativity – There are many fun art projects and activities that your child with autism can participate in that allow them to be creative during their summer break. Depending on what your child is interested in, you can build models, paint paintings, go online and print free games, color in coloring books etc. Take advantage of some of the online resources available to come up with some fun art projects or experiments your child on the spectrum will enjoy To locate activities, search the internet using keywords like ‘children’s art activities’, “kid friendly science projects” etc. If your child with autism enjoys a more social environment, look up some local art classes for their age group and sign them up for art or pottery classes.
3. Plan Play Dates – Whether your child is in camp or at home, it is important for them to stay in touch with friends from the school year in order to maintain relationships and to continue to develop social skills. Plan dates in the park, at a playground, at each other’s homes…it doesn’t matter as long as they are interacting with each other. This allows them to play, have fun, work social skills, conflict interaction and more.
Summer camps, educational programs, and trips are also a great way for your child on the spectrum to spend time during their summer vacation. Don’t forget to enjoy the warm weather with your child as well with some relaxing and educational activities and games that are family friendly. It’s important for you as a parent to work with your child on the spectrum and prepare them for new experiences in a fun and personal way