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Saturday 01 Nov 2014

Exploring Hobbies with Your Child

Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP
We may not think of exploring hobbies with our children with autism, however, hobbies can offer opportunities for your child to:

  • Explore hidden talents
  • Demonstrate creativity
  • Develop imagination skills
  • Build social skills
  • Communicate with a variety of communication partners

Listed below are some ideas to get you started. Get creative and think about the things that your child likes to do and build on it.

Art activities

  • Photography (HINT: Did you know that the Maestro and Tango communication devices have a built-in camera?)
  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Jewelry/beading

Movement activities

Outdoor Activities

  • Camping
  • Gardening

Reading, Poetry and Storytelling

Musical Instruments

Construction/carpentry

Other tips:

  • Provide guidance and support so that your child has good experiences as you explore different hobbies.
  • Set a good example. Use your hobbies to provide models for your child.
  • Give your child the tools they need in order to communicate with others about their hobby. Program messages onto their device or create communication boards with the necessary vocabulary.