| Mar 17, 2016
"SENSE-ational" Play Time!
Children on the autism spectrum have some very strong sensory preferences. We have worked with six children with ASD and every child has own unique sensory experience. Sounds, smells, touches, sights, tastes – that children like and don’t like.
In our classroom Matthew likes movements and squeezing himself into tight places. Ilya likes switching the lights on and off and closing doors. Alexis likes to look at books and printed words, and she enjoys her reading and spelling. Mark likes lining up his toys. Ari likes colors and numbers, and he likes fluctuating visual stimuli like lights on and off, moving wheels, and especially color plastic glass. Anna likes music, toys that make sounds, rhymes and songs.
Our children have a preference for one or more sensations: running, rocking, spinning, jumping, lining up, squeezing, wrapping, enjoying music or lights, switching the lights on and off, looking at things out of the corners of the eyes, watching repetitive movements such as book pages turning, moving fingers in front of the face, and preferring quiet games without noisy movement.
We know about all children’s preferences, and we would like to help every child develop new and expanded interaction skills during the valuable playtime in our small classroom. We offer opportunities for our children to develop and to increase their social skills by playing with adults and peers. Above all, we know how important to include sensations that our children enjoy by having fun and hugging.