Enjoy these activities for kids with autism in your home or classroom! They are perfect for children who are working on building communication skills, fine motor skills, play skills, imitation skills and more.
If you are looking for monthly activities for your child or students with autism, take a look at the Autism Academy, our monthly activities membership.
Adapted Sign Language
Adapted sign language is one of, if not THE, most powerful way to teach communication to children (and adults) with autism.
I love teaching communication along with favorite childhood books. Learn to combine the classic children’s story, Goodnight Moon, with adapted autism signs.
Teach pointing, put in place a communication binder, started using adapted autism signs, teach photo exchange, put in place visual schedules, use sensory communication tools and learn to combine it all with the autism communication strategies.
Adapted Sign Language Autism Activities
Get your free adapted signing poster and get started teaching your child, or students, the first 9 signs.
This is the tool to use to teach sign language in your home or in your classroom.
Does your child love dinosaurs? This is the sweetest sensory bin around the theme of dinosaurs and dinosaur sensory play.
I love using sensory boxes in my programs with children with autism. They are a great reinforcer, sensory activity or tool for teaching other skills such as communication, fine motor skills and more. Make sure you save the post so you will have sensory box ideas all year long!
Light tables are so much and such a fantastic tool to teach a variety of skills as well. In the post I also walk you step by step through making your own DIY sensory table with free downloadable instructions.
These are all the best sensory toys you need to build a sensory room at home or in your school or to just add some sensory fun into your child’s home program.
I made these sensory break cards for you to be able to introduce sensory breaks into your child or student’s programs in an easy and fun way. They will help you manage behavior, increase learning and fun in your programs and help regulate your child’s sensory issues.
Fine Motor Activities
Find all the autism worksheets you need to get started teaching fine motor skills and more.
These are the best cutting activities to teach fine motor strength and precision.
Play Dough Activities
This is one of the most popular play dough mats on the blog. In addition to being able to print out a cute printable play dough mat, you will also learn how to make a fish out of playdough.
This printable bundle of animal playdough mats make adding simple playdough activities to your autism program so simple!
Why not add some Montessori learning trays into your home or classroom program? The Montessori salt tray is a favorite activity in my autism center! You can set them up easily with a handful of items and get started teaching right away.
These fun scent jars are one of my favorite Montessori activities and will be a fantastic Montessori addition to your program!
Pretend Play Activities
Pretend play is a key part of any program for children with autism. Pretend play is something that typically doesn’t come naturally to children with autism as it would to typically developing children, which means it’s important to think of a particular program to teach it.
This is such a fun pretend play activity! All you need to make this dramatic play ice cream shop are cotton balls, pompoms, a box or bin and some cute ice cream scoopers.
Learn to make DIY pasta, chocolate chip cookies and sponge cake. It is so much fun and such a great way to introduce pretend play to your little learners.
Independent Living Skills Activities
One of the best ways to build independence and independent living skills, is to get out of your home or classroom and take your little learners to have outside world experience. Grab one of my field trip ideas and go exploring!
Visual schedules are such a powerful tool for organizing your child’s day, increasing learning, communication and fun and decreasing frustration and difficult behaviors.
These are 10 of the benefits of visual schedules.
Are you using fidgets? They are a fabulous tool for decreasing stress, frustration and general fidgeting.
Toilet Training Activities
Toilet training a child with autism can be a real challenge. Take a look at these toilet training tips and tricks.
The Autism Activities Membership
If you would love to receive autism activities every month and be part of an engaging and growing community, take a look at the autism activities membership. The waitlist is currently open and registration will open again on November 24th.
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