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AUTISM help?

ok im in this program where i fo to an autistic kid house and i was wondering what games you should play

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If you plan on visiting him/her a lot, you could definitely teach fun language games.

Kids with autism grasp this rather quickly (depending on severity of autism), but it makes for a great game and easier to understand each other. 🙂


All children are different, including those with autism. I have had autistic students who like to sit with you and look at a book. Some who like mirrors, toy cars, television, and so on. You need to meet the kids, talk to their care givers to see if they have any advice. Working with autistic children is absolutely a wonderful experience. Always be calm, even when you are upset, because they feed off your attitude. Many autistic students prefer something for sensory, such as squishing play-do, painting, playing with toys that vibrate or light up, and things like that. But don’t over do it by offering too much stimulation at once. Slow and steady. Don’t try to hug, pat, or touch the children without finding out from the workers whether or not they like to be touched. Many autistic children are very sensitive to touch, so be aware. You are not going to be very successful planning games, especially at first. Learn about you kids first. Take a ball, flashlight, and easy things like that the first day and just get to know your kids. You don’t mention where they are on the autism spectrum, and you need to familiar with their abilities and interests before making big plans.

Angie M
This is a very hard question. No two autistic children are the same. I have three children with autism and they are all as different as night and day. You need to ask the parents what their child enjoys, and what they can’t stand (you would not want to see a meltdown). It also depends on the child’s age. I notice one of the others said their children hate puzzles. My middle child would spend all afternoon putting puzzles together if I would let him. Find his/her interest, and just go with the flow.

That’s tough, because my two autistic children do not typically play games; HOWEVER not all autistic children are alike. Based on my kids, DO NOT play with puzzles or any other game that requires many small pieces. We have found this to be frustrating for many autistic kids.

If you maintain control of the supplies, painting is good and flash cards of colors and animals and such.


It would help to spend the first visit just getting to know the child. You don’t mention age or ability, and that makes a big difference as well. Every child with autism is different, and will want to do different things. If you are only visiting once, you should call the parents and find out first. If you follow the child’s lead, you will find lots of natural games built into his routine. Most important is getting the child to trust you, let him know that you are predictable at first, and slowly draw them out to be present with you.

My oldest is 12 and high functioning, and would like to play clue, monopoly, video games. He likes to play dominos and card games like Fluxx.

My daughter with autism is still learning HOW to play board games, so she’s ten and doing Hi Ho Cheerio, Candyland, playing duck duck goose and peek-a-boo.We’re also teaching her to play slap jack and war with the cards.

Good luck, my kids have been the biggest blessing for me, I’ve learned so much about life.


Each child with autism is different. Perhaps talk to the parent(s) of the child before your visit or see if the assigned case worker can give you any info about the child far as likes/dislikes. My son who has autism doesn’t “play” games but he sure loves stuff you do with him that involves either letters, numbers, or music.

It is depends on the child’s age and abilities. Try to do things that he will find stimulating tactically. Most AU children love the water. They also love to feel things like claydough, or finger paint, but you have to also know what may trigger the child. Sometimes it is colors or smells, or even certain people. Get to know the child and then go from there. If the child loves cars, play cars and work on everything from numbers to patterns and colors. You have to know your child before you can find a way inside their minds.

Clays mom
It depends on the child and what task you want to teach them…. My son LOVES to do puzzles but when he does these he zones me out… He was doing 100 piece puzzles by the age of 2… if the child has sensory issues try finger painting slowly!!! or use shaving cream to draw in… I have just found a new game to teach my son taking turns.. its a teletubbie games super easy… has one piece all players share… a little spinner and dance moves when it lands on a teletubbies… crazy but it makes him interested teaches them to yearn for something they want to land on teletubbie and also turn taking.. not much fighting either….you do whatever this child likes but add a SMALL challange to it to help them learn..


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