Autistic children love playing and having fun. Play Therapy and sensory games stimulate the Autistic brain and help children regulate their senses.
Our specialist therapist and special education teacher staff have developed a wide variety of games to help parents, caregivers and teachers of Autistic children.
The Focused Education team hope you benefit from our Kids Game Guide for Autism.
Play Therapy can reduce impaired social interaction in children with Autism.
Using figurines specifically designed for therapeutic playing allows individuals with ASD to communicate their feelings.
Follow the following steps to ensure play therapy is helpful:
- Talk to a licensed psychologist that can introduce the concept of sandbox therapy.
- Buy figurines that have a variety of emotions and expressions.
- Have figurines that are ‘goodies’ such as “Luke Skywalker” and ‘baddies’ such as Darth Vader.
- Buy a sandbox to place the figurines in.
- Consult your accredited psychologist with experience in sand therapy to ensure you use the correct strategies.
Activities to relax and unwind for Autistic children & their parents.
- Massage therapy involving deep pressure and massage
- Massage using foam rollers help relax children with developmental disabilities, especially when played in conjunction with music.
- Using deep pressure techniques such as firm touch helping provide proprioceptive feedback.
- Tug-of-war is a great game for soothing pushing and pulling movements. Parents and their Autistic children love this game!
Musical Therapy for Autism.
Songs and music are a fantastic way for students with Autism to:
- Understand social rules and how to interact with others.
- Calm down by listening to relaxing music in a quiet environment.
- Learn actions and movements important for a healthy body and physical coordination. We all remember “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” due to its tune.
Sensory activities Autistic kids love!
- Playing with play dough or Therapy-Putty.
- Cuddling heavy blankets in a quiet corner when your child is feeling anxious.
- Rolling around in a bean bag.
- Smelling herbs and flowers in a specifically designed sensory garden.
- Developing tolerance to food smells. Kids with Autism often find the smell of particular foods difficult.
- Guess The Smell Game: put a perfume in a mystery box to create a fun, sensory activity.
- Playing a Taste the Food game can teach your child healthy food can be fun.
- Tasting food whilst cooking teaches important life skills for your child.
- Playing communication games that involve asking specific questions and listening for responses is a great way to develop receptive language.
- Disco lighting and music your child enjoys is a super-duper combination.
- Finding and discovering hidden objects around the house by asking questions can improve both sight, coordination and receptive language.
Focused Education provides professional Autism Services for Perth-based families.
If you are having difficulty with your Autistic child our specialist team can help. We have a diverse range of clinical support services. All our services have been certified and accredited by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, AHPRA, Medicare or the Western Australian College of Education.
We invite you to call our reception team to discuss your child’s autism testing and treatment needs on (08) 61887669 or complete the contact form below.
Our caring staff hope to see you at our clinical, educational and health psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy and tutoring services centre soon.
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