Great Sumer Activities For Children With Autism

Summer is a great time for getting outside and spending time with family and friends, but the entire experience can often be overwhelming for autistic children (and their loved ones). The weather is already heating up, so we’ve put together our top activities to help you and your child get the most out of your summer together.

1. CREATE A HOME MOVIE THEATER FOR OUTDOOR MOVIE FUN

Summertime Outdoor Movie For Autistic Kids

Going to a theater can be a fun and exciting experience — often involving lots of great opportunities to practice interactions and use learned skills — but can also be a bit overwhelming for those with autism. For a fun twist, why not consider creating an at-home theater in your backyard? It’s relatively easy to achieve:

Hang sheets on the side of your house or a tall fence and set up a projector. Lay out tons of pillows and blankets to create a homey, cozy outdoor atmosphere, and set up plenty of camping chairs or benches for additional seating. Hang strands of lights and paper lanterns for even more coziness. Invite family and friends to join your movie party, then pop some popcorn, gather up everyone’s favorite snacks, and settle in for a great time!

2. GET OUTSIDE FOR LONG WALKS IN THE WOODS

Spending time in nature provides a great sensory experience for your young one, offering him or her something for every sense. Walk through the woods and discuss the auditory, tactile, scent, spiritual, and visual stimuli around you, perhaps turning it into a game. You might have a nature-focused scavenger hunt that asks your kiddo to identify items in each of the groups, for example, or encourages them to collect items with sensory value.

Autistic Girls Playing In Summer Time

3. GET TO THE LAKE OR THE BEACH FOR SUN AND SAND

Boys With Autism Playing At Beach

Nothing says “summer fun” like a day at the lake or the beach, and the experience can be a great for your whole family. Your child will experience something exciting, play in the sand, build sandcastles, collect seashells or pebbles, play toss or other games, and have a picnic with some of the people he or she loves most.

4. TRY NEW PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

Yoga is a great activity for people of all ages, helping to encourage physical activity, improve focus, ease anxiety, improve creativity, and boost learning. Children’s yoga focuses on deep breathing, poses named after animals, and helping to improve motor skills. There are options for all ability levels, and even classes geared toward children with specific needs. It’s a fun activity to encourage wellness and bonding for the whole family, and might even become a year-round hobby!

Autistic Girl Playing In Summer

5. MAKE UP A NEW GAME

Summer Activity For Autistic Children
Summer is great for imagination. Encourage creativity by helping your child create a new game based on things he or she loves and wants to share with others. Talk through rules, rewards, penalties, supplies needed, and more, then take a stab at bringing it to life (bonus points if you get to be the pawns in the game and end up creating a life-size version!). Have the whole family play this new game once it’s figured out, and celebrate its creation with a fun group treat — like an ice cream social or pizza night.