By disguising learning with play – in other words by encouraging children to learn through “meaningful play” - we can also improve gross motor, fine motor planning, sensory profile, behaviour, creativity and group participation.
With anxiety affecting so many children on the autism spectrum – the introduction of music in the home, car and their routines can help increase their tolerance to environmental input and frustration which in turn can decrease anxious behaviours.
Teaching numbers and helping our children gain a passion for numbers is extremely important for their future independence. Autistic children in particular need to be taught numbers from a very young age. They need to be taught what the number represent and means - not just which follows onto what or what comes next.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give any parent is to choose your battles and to not try and fix everything at once. Every phase in a child’s development will present with new battles and if you have the “choosing your battles” approach your autism journey will be much easier.
Changing between activities or settings is something people do daily. Whether at school, home, or in the workplace – change is inevitable. Transitioning occurs frequently and requires people to stop an activity, move from one location to another, and begin something new.