Engaging children with autism in sensory activities is beneficial in several ways, as it can help with:
- Stimulating the brain, creating neural pathways and improving sensory processing systems
- Improving social skills such as communication and cooperation
- Improving coordination, as well as fine/gross motor skills
- Calming children down when they are agitated
Try a range of activities to stimulate all of the five senses – touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Go gently and evaluate what works well, and what should be avoided. Remember, too, that sensory activities will be beneficial for all of the children in your care, not just those diagnosed with (or displaying indications of) autism.
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