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
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
3. Get to the lake or the beach for sun and sand
4. Try new physical activities
5. Make up a new game
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