Recreation & Leisure Activities for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Many students, from preschoolers through adults, play or find activities to occupy themselves with little help from the adults in charge. Our students with Autism Spectrum Disorders may need help where others don't.
Rec/leisure activities can include anything from participating in sports to collecting baseball cards. Children with ASD may need extra help learning skills so they can participate in activities other students master more easily. They may need help developing interest in what others are interested in. Or, they may benefit from getting support to develop their own unique interests and pasttimes.
It's important for each individual to have a selection of enjoyable, appropriate activities to choose from so that "down time" is good time. This department will explore some of the issues involved.
Rock Climbing: Recreation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
One of the biggest ongoing challenges for our child has been getting enough exercise. Now that he is in middle school, there is no more recess and he only has gym every other day. He never liked team sports and the school bus stop is in front of our house. He didn't like karate, (it hurt his feet), and walking on the treadmill while watching TV just doesn't seem like enough. Everything was "boring." How do I get him moving? One day, I suggested that Evan try rock climbing. I am not sure where the idea came from. To my great surprise, Evan said "yes." An Internet search yielded the information that a local rock climbing gym offered, "open climbs" on the weekend for a low fee. . . .
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