We’ve talked about doing occupational therapy at home, but now that the weather is warmer, we’re taking it outside! In the backyard or at the park, here are some ideas for strengthening those motor skills:
- Swinging-Kids with autism and sensory process disorder are calmed by the rythmic back and forth movement. Swinging is one of our favorite things to do!
- Climbing- Strengthening those gross motor skills and major muscle groups is so important. Let him pull up the rock climbing wall, climb a tree, or do the monkey bars.
- Balancing- Over a bridge or on a balance board, work on his sense of balance when he thinks he’s just playing. Try balancing on one foot and then the other to strengthen those skills.
- Moving- Just getting him moving helps a lot! Walking, running, jumping, skipping, and even wheel-barrel walking with your help
- Swimming- Because of the all-over pressure when you’re in the water, most kids with autism LOVE swimming (and bath time too!).
- Grasping– You can work on fine motor skills, like grasping, too! Let him squirt you with a water gun, draw with sidewalk chalk, and pick wild flowers.
Change up your therapy routine by taking it outside! You’ll see improvement and have fun!