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5 Tips to Make Summer Fun for Kids with Autism

Submitted by on April 25, 2017 – 10:07 amNo Comment

Making Summer Fun for Autistic Kids

How to Make Summer Fun for Kids with Autism

Summer is near, which means school is almost out! If you have a child affected by Autism, the summer months may mark a time of increased stress on your child, as well as on yourself.  Here are 5 tips to help this summer be easy, breezy and relaxing for you and your child.

1. Plan ahead – Children affected with Autism often don’t like change.  Many people appreciate the “fly by the seat of your pants” attitude that comes when school is out – but most likely not your child on the spectrum.  Planning ahead will help both you and your child feel in control.

2. Keep a schedule –  Summer can create anxiety because there are so many changes to the normal routine.  Having a daily/weekly/monthly schedule prominently displayed will help your child know what to expect, and when to expect it.

3. Day Camps – Day camps in your area can provide you with a daily routine as well as an opportunity for your youngster to explore his unique interests.  Often museums, zoos, schools, local college sports teams and libraries offer specialized weekly sessions during the summer.

4. Matinee Movies – Movies are great for kiddos on the spectrum.  Alleviating the need to have what may seem like complicated conversations, they can take a friend and experience automatic entertainment.

5. Swimming – Water can be very soothing for a child affected by Autism.  It’s calming and feels good to their often overloaded sensory integration system.  Taking your child to the pool during off-peak hours can allow him to adjust to the change in schedule in a less stressful manner.

Celina Miller, a dedicated advocate for Autism and mother of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Celina’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was in the second grade in 2009. Since then Mrs. Miller has previously worked with the Oasis Center for Women and Children and has spoken on the importance of supporting children with mental disorders and their families. Celina has also been active in fundraising and reviewing grants with Autism Speaks in the Birmingham, AL area.

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