Autism & sensory play

Children with autism often play differently than other kids do. They’ll likely focus on parts of a toy (like wheels) rather than the whole toy. They “pretend play” like other kids do. And they may not want to play with others. But to many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), playing is the way they express themselves,their toys and their actions may become their words. Play can help children with ASD learn and connect with other people, both children and adults, in a way they understand
Sensory play involves games and activities that stimulate all 5 senses: sound, sight, smell, taste and touch. This is particularly important for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who often have difficulties processing sensory information, as they may be sensitive to sounds or feel lights are overstimulating.
Sensory activities for autism can be an effective way of learning that activates all areas of a child’s brain, helping them with their cognitive, emotional, physical, social and communication development. For autistic children, engaging in sensory play can retrain the brain’s response to sensory information. This helps them cope better when dealing with different sounds, textures, lights, scents and taste.

Sensory Activities