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.
- Photography (HINT: Did you know that the Maestro and Tango communication devices have a built-in camera?)
- Challenger Division
Reading, Poetry and Storytelling
- 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.