“Children with ASD may often experience an inability to respond ‘appropriately’ and be seen as having challenging behaviors or obsessions,” Indiana University explains. In other words, children with autism spectrum disorders often have sensory dysfunctions and may not experience the world in the same ways that you and I do. Working closely with these children, targeting sensory experiences, and developing activities that help children with learning disabilities in school can make an incredible difference. What are some of the best sensory activities?
Teach The Alphabet With Eye-Catching Glitter Water
For this activity, you will need an empty bottle, water, glitter (larger varieties — or varieties with larger pieces — work best), and small, plastic letters. Make sure you have all of the letters of the alphabet, and simply pour them into the bottle along with glitter, water, and close tightly. “Sparkly, glittery water is sure to attract little eyes. This alphabet bottle is fun to make and a great activity to keep your child busy either inside on a rainy day or traveling in the car,” education.com explains. “The craft helps kids recognize letters in a creative way, and is also a great time to start a quick conversation on recycling.”
Who Doesn’t Like Rainbow Foam?
Help for children with learning disabilities can be fun for adults, too! Special needs schools recommend mixing soap foam (dish soap usually creates a lot of bubbles) with drops of food coloring for a fun and engaging sensory activity. Use a lot of different colors. It’s a great hands-on activity, and kids can even swirl the colors together for rainbow foam!
Sculpt, Shape, And Knead Clay
Finally, clay is always a great go-to activity. Kids with sensory dysfunctions benefit from manipulating clay with their hands, and there is a lot of variation and options to keep it interesting for children, teachers, and parents!
With some dedication and creativity, help for children with learning disabilities and children with sensory disorders can be fun and engaging for all involved. Whip up some rainbow foam, or teach the alphabet using glitter, letters, and water bottles.