By Jessy McCulloch, Autism Home Support Services
Recreational activities are important for everyone, but they can be particularly so for people with autism. As stated on Autism Speaks’ recreational activities page, “The benefits outweigh the effort it takes to put it together!”
Recreational activities can do so much for our loved ones on the spectrum, such as:
- Increase self-esteem and confidence.
- Give people the opportunity to make their own choices.
- Enable individuals to become involved and feel like a part of their community.
- Increases independence which leads to increased opportunities.
But where to get started? By visiting this page, you have access to programs in their resource guide as well as a list of recreational therapist organizations. Plus you can find out the answers to the top 3 frequently asked questions about recreation for individuals on the spectrum:
- How do I figure out what my child enjoys?
- How do I deal with a situation involving recreation that goes bad?
- What are some examples of recreational activities that young people with autism might enjoy?
With the weather (theoretically…eventually) getting warmer, the opportunities to get active abound! Let’s get RECreative and have some fun!