In a study called, Preferred Play Activities of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Naturalistic Settings, we learn: “As many children with ASD have difficulty engaging and/or staying on task, and their behaviors can be atypical, it is challenging yet imperative to find meaningful play activities and experiences catering to their specific interests and ability levels.”
In the same study it was revealed:”children with ASD often select toys, activities, and play materials based upon the sensory stimulation and feedback they provide.”
So, sensory stimulation should be high on the list when looking for arts and crafts activities for children on the autism spectrum. Sensory play is one way to engage as many of the senses as possible, providing the child with a more immersive experience. When a child is fully engaged, their ability to remember, enjoy, and repeat the experience increases.
Arts and crafts projects that involve sensory activities can include finger painting, sand art, and texture-rich objects like pine cones, felt, and food.
PROVIDED BY AUTISM PARENTING MAGAZINE (AUTISM CRAFTS)
Occupational therapists use toys and crafts and other objects or activities to help children on the autism spectrum improve their skills. We as parents can do the same.
Here are some benefits of crafting for children with autism:
Quality time with loved ones, while mastering difficult tasks, in a fun setting can be very satisfying for all involved. Making crafting a good experience should build confidence and enthusiasm for doing it all over again soon.
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