Parents with young children can teach social skills and language skills while making the food, and putting up the decorations. Then jump in the pool and end the day with fireworks!
Some of our kids have a hard time with loud noises and bright lights and fireworks though, so we want to provide different ways to have fun, sensory-friendly activities as an alternative to fireworks or just as a break from sensory overload.
I have found some autism 4th of July worthy celebration activities that I hope will make your day sparkle!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 1 hour a day of outside free play for children to reach their full potential. Environmental factors such as tablets, gaming, computer,s and online time average approximately 7+ hours daily for kids. Research shows that a child’s behavior is more depressed, anxious, and they develop fewer social skills when screen time replaces fun outdoor activities.
A child psychologist, developmental pediatrician or other health care provider can provide an early diagnosis for early symptoms of asd and symptoms of autism such as repetitive patterns of behavior, lack of eye contact, behavioral issues, decreased nonverbal communication, and poor social communication skills.
An early autism diagnosis provides your child with the benefit of early intervention, early access to early childhood services, and a lot of help connecting with autism services and a multidisciplinary team.