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Tips for Working with a Child with Autism

Tips for Playing and Working with an Autistic Child

Tips for Working with a child with Autism.
Tips for Working with a child with Autism.

We are sharing some tips for working with a child with autism. I know, I know, you  don't want to use the words Autistic child, but these words help those who aren't as in the know find this information when searching the web. After several years working with children of all ages, races, and denominations, I have tips for playing and interacting with an autistic child, and all types of childhood disorders, diseases, or states of mind. Let's face it, there is no such thing as normal!

Social Interaction is a key concern for parents with a child who has Autism. Remember, play is the work of children. Does your child engage with you or with other children while playing? If your child has been diagnosed with Autism, the answer is more than likely no. 

As parents or caregivers you can adjust your style of play to make playing with a child with a sensory processing disorder more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Making small adaptations to the environment will help parents to observe and begin to understand how their child’s mind works. Forget how you remember playing as a child; be open to a new way of playing and a different kind of interaction.

All children like to make their own decisions and choices. If you set up several stations with various types of play opportunities, your child may be drawn to one or more of them. Don’t jump in or show too much excitement. Sit back and become a silent observer doing research while your child explores his new environment. At first, it may be interesting but intimidating for the child. Let them explore or simply observe the invitations you have provided for play.

Perhaps, you have ordinary cardboard boxes in varying sizes. Leave some empty to let your child explore his imagination.  Fill others with different types of toys. Depending on the age of the child, make appropriate “toy” choices. A box filled with pots, pans, and wooden spoons is a scientific experiment. Contain your desire to show your child how to bang on the pots or wear one as a hat. 

Let your child teach you how they want to play. A simple thump on the pot could frighten the child and ruin the experience for everyone. The idea of wearing the pan as a hat could also discourage the child. 

In the coming days or weeks, as your child becomes more comfortable observing or playing with the toys, you can slowly introduce your style of play. Sit across from the child; don’t worry if they are not watching you. Just play.Gently, put the pan on your head. Pretend to stir soup in a pot. What happens if you scrape the bowl? Observe how your child reacts, but don’t force or ask them to play yet. 

Be patient; if your child isn’t interested today, move on to a new toy. By playing by yourself, you are demonstrating how to play, how you play, and letting your child know it is okay to play alone. 

Remember, it is okay to play alone! All children learn through play, so never discourage them.

In time, your child may begin to feel less threatened.They may do what you do, or they may choose a toy and hand it to you to see what you will do with it. If they don’t, keep trying with quiet encouragement. Keep experimenting with new ideas, but always watch your child’s facial expression and body language. If they don’t like what you are doing, change it.  

Hopefully, one day your child will accept your invitation to play. 

Need some more ideas? Here are ten sensory play activities for kids.


Circle Time Activities

Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World*

More fun things to do with Marshmallows Activities

Fun Games to Play with Marshmallows for Quiet Time

Here are three children's activities using Marshmallows that are oh so fun for children. Marshmallows are a quick way to steal a few second of quiet time. Kids love them with all their puffy squishy goodness they are fantastic for sensory play. Want to add an element of Messy Play? Just add water or edible paint and make marshmallow prints. 

photo of marshmallows fun for children activities
Marshmallows are the perfect companion for kids quiet time.

Recommended Reading:

Marshmallow Fun for Advent

Gingerbread Marshmallow Man

Marshmallow Game

Wonder What Bento is? This One is Edible Animal Art

Edible Animal Art Bento Lunches

Bento, Bento, Bento! What is it. Basically cute, sushi in the form of edible art. I'd pack it in their lunches, but I don't think my kids would eat it. Perhaps, if I would have started sharing it with them when they were just toddlers. Anyway, those baby chicks are adorable! Want to learn more about Bento? Just Bento is a great site for all of your Bento needs.  What is Bento? It is a single portion lunch packed in a small box or container, it can also mean takeout. Since it originated in Japan, it often includes sushi and rice. Enjoy!

Bento: Edible Animal Art
Wonder What Bento is?
This creative Bento Lunch from Honolulu Magazine is precious.

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Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches*

Adventures in Bentomaking*

Bento Mold and Utensils Kit.
Bento Mold and Utensils Kit.

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Monkey Treats: Healthy Crunchy Granola Banana and Chocolate Chips on a Stick Recipe

Monkeys' love them! How to make a healthy banana snack for kids.

We found this fun Monkey Treat or Banana on a stick recipe in an old, kid's cookbook from the 1970's, but they used Mayo as the glue and other yucky stuff. We prefer vanilla yogurt and granola for a healthy snack for kids.

Monkey Treats:  Healthy Crunchy Granola Banana and Chocolate Chips on a Stick Recipe
Cool Summer Healthy Treat:  
Frozen Banana, Chocolate Chip, and Granola on a stick. 

Healthy Banana snack for kids with chocolate chips and coconut and fun monkey stories.
Healthy banana on a stick recipe.

To Make this Banana Snack you will need:

bananas, vanilla yogurt or vanilla pudding, 1/4 c. chopped peanuts or 1/4 chocolate pieces or 1/4 crushed graham crackers, spoon, and wooden popsicle sticks. Makes 2.

Healthy Banana Snack for Kids Recipe
Bananas make a healthy snack for toddlers.

Peel a banana and cut it in half.  Put a wooden stick in each banana half. With your spoon, spread yogurt or pudding lightly on banana. Roll the banana in a plate of chopped peanuts, chocolate pieces, graham cracker crumbs or all three for extra 'Yum'!  

Easy Toddler and Preschool Snack Kids can make with Bananas
Roll banana in chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs.

Make sure you read some silly monkey books afterward.

Recommended Reading:

Healthy Snacks For Kids

Picky Mimi- A Fun Book For Picky Eater Kids

Edible Crafts for Children

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