Today, I’m sharing visual sensory activities for autism that can be done easily. The visual sensorial system is very close to the auditory system and vestibular systems and is critical for function and independence in skills such as reading, writing and motor planning, balance, eye-hand coordination, among many other fields. As we know that visual sensory comes under autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The visual sensory system is responsible for visual acuity, eye monitoring, and the treatment of what our eyes absorb. Where one or more of these areas is a concern, functional competencies are affected.
Visual Sensory Activities For Kids:
Grass Scanning – fill a large plastic bin by using grass clipping. Put some small items, coins, or small parts into the bin. Have the children scan the area and find the items with their eyes. Children can attempt to remember the order in which they found the items in a visual memory game.
Backyard Toy Memory Game – Continue to work on visual memory and scan visual perceptive skills by spreading small toys across a field. Have your child watch the toys and try to remember everything. Cover toys with a blanket, then take out one or two items. Take away the cover and ask your child to remember the missing item.
Cloud scanning – Lay on the ground with your child as you watch the clouds in clear but cloudy weather. Look at the clouds moving through the sky.
Have your child see the pictures in the clouds. Ask them to turn around on the floor so their heads are now where their feet were.
Ask if they still have the same shape or if this is a new shape. Discovering a shape outline in a shape uses a visual perceptive ability known as form perception and works with the visual closure and consistency of the shape to allow us to determine that the shapes, letters, and numbers are the same regardless of their direction.
Catch a ball – Try to catch by standing, sitting, swinging, rolling a ball, catching between the legs, and so on.
Striking a tennis racket against a target – Ideas include bubbles, falling leaves, big balls, tiny rubber balls, and balloons.
Scavenger hunter – try to do these while crawling.
Capture butterflies in a net – Try to catch fireflies as well.
Visually scan between targets.
Bubble – Try to make bubbles out of a toe, knee, foot, head, finger, or elbow.
But each article in the series can be completely adapted for sensory insights all year round.
The Summer Sensory Activity Guide is the perfect place to find anything you need for a summer of sensory input. Activities don’t make up for therapy. Rather, these are sensory summer activities designed to approach each sensory system through summer games. Activities are described to include the entire family.
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