Wherever your child is on the spectrum, helping them find the chance to enjoy everyday childhood activities can be difficult. Not out of the realm of possibilities but difficult. We all want our children, autism or not, to have the best childhood possible. Social difficulties, sensory issues, and preferences for routine can make it hard to encourage them to try new things. Exploring hobbies with your child with autism is a great way to help them learn to adapt as well as bring a sense of normalcy to their world.
Collections aka Obsessions
Any autism parent can relate to an interest becoming a serious fixation or obsession for their child with autism. Sometimes, this can be frustrating, but if it’s not something unhealthy, this obsession can become a great source of relief for them. Collections can help your child learn about organizing and valuing their objects, and lead them to connect with a community of like-minded people. If they do get to talking about their collections or hobbies online, ensure you’ve taken steps to keep them safe.
Video games appeal to people of all ages, as well as all inclinations and preferences. Video games have become increasingly popular with people, with any sort of social anxiety or deficit, over the past few decades. Gaming is a great addition to a list of hobbies for children or adults with autism. They’ve have been known to help children with autism connect to others, without the need to answer immediately, make eye contact, or any of those social niceties expected of them.
A lot of people with autism can be creative and find solace in actions that are repeatable. Repetition can be vital in a lot of crafts, like beading and scrapbooking. People with autism can be as creative as anyone else but often need help in finding an outlet to show it. Don’t forget your Michaels coupon or look up a Hobby Lobby code so you can find the materials to get started cheap. We want our children with autism to have a high quality of life but we still need to afford autism. It’s a balancing act for sure.
If you’re looking for something a little more active, then it won’t be too long before someone recommends swimming. Swimming gives lots of proprioceptive input that can be an essential part of a good sensory diet. Just remember to help then detox from the chlorine if not using a saltwater pump. It is always a good idea to teach your child to swim to keep them safe.
Cooking and baking
Cooking is another activity that involves memorization and repetition, two things that can be soothing to a lot of people with autism. There’s little room for uncertainty thanks to how clearly defined the steps of a recipe can be. Furthermore, and best of all, it comes with the reward of some delicious food. It’s also a great life skill for achieving independence.
No two children with autism are exactly alike. Children with autism are no different than neurotypical children in that they all have different likes and hobbies. Observing your child enjoying activities, and ask them about how they might like to add to that can be the perfect way to discover which hobbies they could get into. Let them lead you and tell you the way.