Children with autism are on a spectrum, meaning they range from skill set, strengths and needs. Educents offers many products for children with autism that help build independence, goal-set, and focus on communication. There are also many tools to help your child with functional living skills and problem solving.
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Below you will find suggested materials that will support children on the autism spectrum and encourage the development of key skills.
Cultivate Communication and Social Skills
It is important to encourage children on the autism spectrum to engage in conversations and cooperative activities with others, even when it is difficult to do so. It is helpful to have them to recognize and respond to both verbal and nonverbal cues. Providing materials that help children understand their own emotions and develop a sense of empathy for others will prove successful in the long run. Give children the language and the tools to process necessary emotions.
Building Decoding and Word Recognition Skills
Showing children with autism pictures of a future life decision helps them prepare for change. This gives kids a sense of control and helps them develop confidence. If children can picture an upcoming event, it helps them prepare for it. Look for tools that help children know what to expect, practice following directions one step at a time, and learn how to make good choices in everyday situations.
This Resistance Tunnel offers your child a light-to-medium resistance load as a simple crawl-through, and a heavy load if a therapy ball is pushed through ahead of the crawl. Children excel with this exercise due to the seclusion it offers them while in the tunnel. If a child has a "meltdown" while inside, the therapist or parent can roll the tunnel down in their hands and have the child out in less than 5 seconds. Giving your children sensory or fidget objects can be the perfect outlet for them to refocus on schoolwork and other learning activities.