Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can cause difficulties in processing sensory stimulation, which can be overwhelming for children. Sensory-friendly activities address these challenges while providing fun and engaging ways for children with autism to interact with their environment.
At Rising Above ABA, sensory-friendly activities are incorporated into our ABA therapy programs in order to help children interact with their environment in a safe and fun way. Parents can also use sensory-friendly activities to help their children develop skills and have fun at home. From sensory bins to bubble art, there are a variety of activities that can be used in ABA therapy programs and at home.
What Are Sensory-Friendly Activities?
Sensory-friendly activities are designed to engage and stimulate children’s senses in a safe and controlled environment. These activities can help children with ASD develop sensory processing skills through fun and enjoyable experiences. Sensory play helps children to develop social, cognitive, and emotional skills while exploring and learning through touch, sound, smell, sight, taste, and movement.
Some of the benefits of sensory-friendly activities include:
- Improved language and communication skills
- Increased motor control, coordination, and balance
- Enhanced focus and attention
- Less anxiety and stress
- Improved problem-solving skills
Plus, by incorporating these activities into your child’s life at home, you can reinforce the skills they are learning in ABA therapy.
Five of the Best Sensory-Friendly Activities for Children
While different activities might be used depending on the child, here are some of the best sensory-friendly activities for children:
Sensory bins are containers filled with various materials, such as dried beans, sand, or rice, that stimulate the senses. Children can explore the materials with their hands and immerse themselves in the tactile experience. Sensory bins can be themed, such as ocean exploration or dinosaur excavation, making the activity exciting and engaging for children.
Bubble art is a simple, fun, and sensory-rich activity that helps children to create beautiful art while exploring their senses. By mixing soap bubbles with paint, children can create unique and colorful art. Your child will love getting messy and exploring the texture and colors of the bubbles.
A sensory walk is an outdoor activity that encourages children to engage their senses while walking barefoot on different surfaces such as grass, sand, or gravel. Sensory walks are a fun and exciting way to promote sensory development and improve balance and coordination skills.
Sensory bottles are a low-cost and engaging sensory activity that can support children’s emotional regulation and reduce anxiety. You can fill an empty water bottle with various materials such as glitter, beads, or rice that swirl together when shaken. The calming, repetitive motion of the sensory bottle can help children to focus and relax.
Playdough is a classic sensory-rich activity that is affordable and accessible. Creating playdough at home from flour, water, and salt is simple, and children can engage their senses by adding various colors and scents to their playdough. Playdough provides a tactile, hands-on experience that supports motor skills and encourages creativity.
Reach Out to Rising Above ABA for More Spring Activities for Children
If you are looking for more sensory-friendly activities or more information about sensory integration therapy, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rising Above ABA. Our experienced therapists are dedicated to providing high-quality care and support for children with ASD. In-home and ABA therapy programs are designed to help children develop communication, social, and motor skills, and incorporating sensory-friendly activities can help to maximize the success of these programs.