Kids and teens on the spectrum often times find certain interests that keep them busy and connected to a routine or structure. These activities are many times great therapy tools that serve to understand the world around them.
The different benefits of community hobbies and individual ones:
Individual hobbies can be perfect for non-verbal kids or those who are still battling with harsh social anxiety and may not be ready to take up social activities.
Community hobbies can be great for autistic kids having a hard time with social anxiety but eager to experience new things and work on communication skills.
No matter which you choose, these activities will help find their identity and gain self-confidence.
Find the activity that best fits your interests below and use our autism directory to find the best spots in your area.
MAKING OR “COLLECTING” MUSIC:
Music, as we all know can be therapeutic and helps kids on the spectrum develop language, enhance speech abilities, reduce anxiety and promote memory. It can be an amazing sensory experience because the stimuli input with the right pitches is an entire-body experience for autistic people.
Encourage them to join music lessons or find interesting songs to listen to every day. This can even lead to the introduction of a musical instrument!
Nature is healing and gardening is definitely therapeutic. It is an activity that can be done individually, in a group of friends or with family.
All you need if a set of gardening tools containing grass, a shovel, and other equipment. Take some time and head over to your nearest gardening shop to pick out your favorite plants. Feeling different textures can help experience other types of sensory input!
Coding can build skills such as problem-solving, math, teamwork, and creativity.
The employment rate for adults with autism is estimated between 10-20% and nowadays, more companies are hiring autistic adults because of their amazing skills in computer programming.
This can be a hobby now, and a promising career in the future!
Any sort of art provides a release for any emotional build up they might be experiencing. Drawing can help people with autism struggling with social anxiety or that are non-verbal because of the creative and therapeutic outlet for their emotions. You can easily find and art workshop in your area and art can be pursued as a career in the future as well.
If you can find the perfect spot for this activity it will be very much worth it! Swimming is a repetitive and physical activity that exercises your entire body and can be an enjoyable sensory experience. It can provide relaxation and a good occasion to take a break from the busy life in the outside world.
JOINING THE SCOUTS:
Learn more about your local scouts and start a conversation with your autistic loved one about taking up the experience. Learning about a community activity beforehand can help visualize any challenges and possible solutions.
Give your local scouts a call together to learn more about activities and assistance for kids with special needs.
Although it may be challenging to work around sensory and communication issues, this can result in avoiding new activities. But this is definitely not a reason to give up, exploring new possibilities is an opportunity to reach out and learn with your autistic loved one and help them find confidence.