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Saturday 26 Jul 2014

Let’s Go Fishing

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Article by Abby Twyman, M.Ed., BCBA

Growing up in Alaska, fishing was a part of my life from the very beginning. To this day I can think of nothing better than to sit on the dock or on a boat with my line in the water waiting for a fish to nibble on my bait. Fishing can be a fun activity to do with your kids during the summer. Catching fish is a fun and rewarding activity. Read on to get prepared for you next adventure.

Packing for your trip
To go fishing you’ll want to bring:

  • Fishing license
  • A fishing pole
  • Fishing lures
  • Bait (i.e. worms, powerbait, etc.)
  • Net to scoop up the fish
  • Chairs and a sun umbrella
  • Lots of snacks
  • Cooler for drinks
  • Cooler for fish
  • Water shoes
  • Swimming clothes
  • Towels and dry clothes

Teachable Moments
During your fishing trip your child might learn how to:

  • Put line through fishing pole eyes
  • Tie lures onto line
  • Put bait on hook
  • Cast fishing pole
  • Wait for fish to nibble
  • Set hook by moving pole quickly
  • Reel up fish
  • Scoop up fish in net
  • Unhook fish from lure
  • Put fish in cooler
  • Clean and filet fish
  • Eat fish for dinner!

There are so many opportunities for learning during a outing to the lake, river or ocean to fish. You can prepare your child for what to expect by writing a story about what you’re going to do while fishing or watching a movie about fishing. Summertime is a time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Just because your child has autism doesn’t mean you need to avoid doing these regular summer activities. The more activities you expose your child to, the more opportunities they will have for learning and social interactions. Take some pictures of your catch of the day so they can share them with friends when they return to school. But most of all, remember to have fun!