November 2, 2016
The leaves are changing color, there’s a slight chill in the air, and everything is pumpkin spiced. It must be fall! It’s a special time of year that sparks the senses.
With all the exciting sights and smells, fall can be either beautiful or terrifying for a child who is sensitive to sensory stimulation, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, with the right activities and games, children with sensory sensitivity can have a magical fall season.
Are you looking for ways to get your child in the autumnal spirit? Look no further! Here is our list of sensory-friendly autumn activities:
Leaf Sensory Box
As the leaves fall off the trees, don’t let them go to waste. Stick a few familiar toys in a box full of leaves and let your child explore. This will create a fun sensory experience that is perfect for fall.
Apple picking is the ultimate fall adventure, perhaps because of what a thrill it is to the senses. This makes it a great place to explore sights and also learn things like manners and waiting your turn. Let the smell of the trees, the taste of the apples, and the mixture of beautiful colors surround your child if you feel he or she is ready.
Pumpkin Sensory Bag
Carving pumpkins this fall? Don’t toss the “meat” and seeds. Instead, put them in a plastic bag. If your child is sensitive to sticky sensations, this will allow him or her to discover what the inside of a pumpkin feels like without triggering your child.
Candy Apple Sensory Rice
Put a fun fall twist on a sensory classic. This scented, colored rice brings all the beauty of autumn into your child’s play time. Click here for instructions and to have fun.
Go for a Treasure Hunt
Who says treasure hunts are just for Easter? Hide pinecones, beautiful leaves, and other fall items around the house and give your child a list. Then send them on an adventure they’ll never forget. Bonus: give him or her a prize when all the items are collected!
How will you make this season a special one for your child? For more sensory-friendly ideas, keep up with Epic on Facebook.