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Activities & Games for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome

by Carly Seifert

Finding activities and games that your Asperger's child enjoys can be a challenge. Children with Asperger's syndrome often struggle with poor social skills and may have narrow interests. By seeking out activities that play to your child's strengths, you will discover that you can build his confidence, help him to develop social skills, and perhaps encourage new interests and abilities along the way.

Taking Turns

Children with Asperger's syndrome have difficulty in social situations, according to MAAP Services, a non-profit organization that provides information for families, individuals and professionals concerned with the autism spectrum. By practicing games at home that require taking turns, you are instilling social skills in your child that will help him in other settings. Play card games or board games that require turn taking, and implement the notion of taking turns when it comes to dinner time conversation or household chores.

Imaginative Play

In his book "The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome," Tony Attwood states that children with Asperger's syndrome often develop complex imaginary worlds and create imaginary friends. Allow your child to engage in pretend play to develop his confidence and help him express his feelings. Recycle old clothes and hats to create a dress-up bin for your little one. Pretend kitchens, cash registers, plastic dishes and doctors' kits also encourage imaginative play. Since your Asperger's child may have a tendency to withdraw into his own imaginary world, invite peers or siblings to take part in the action.

Reading and Writing

The imagination that often comes with Asperger's may lead your child to develop an interest in another country or culture or in reading and writing works of fiction, according to Attwood. Read books to your child about different periods of history, animals and other cultures and countries along with colorful fairytales and fables. Encourage his creative writing by providing him with a journal. Attwood states that children with Asperger's may develop the ability to use their imaginary friends and world to write noteworthy fiction.

Sensory Activities

Occupational therapist Els Rengenhart states that children with Asperger's syndrome often have difficulty processing sensory information. Sensory integration games and activities can help your child be less bothered by certain stimuli in other settings. Allow your child to play with different textures -- such as shaving cream, chocolate pudding, dried rice or chestnuts -- by creating a sensory bin. Fill an empty bin with dried rice or pudding and bury plastic toys or other objects in the bin, giving your child the chance to dig in and explore. Allow your child to lie down on different materials, such as soft blankets or rolled up towels to experience different textures and how they feel against his body.

About the Author

Carly Seifert has been a piano instructor since 2001. She has also covered adoption and introducing children to the arts for "Montana Parent Magazine." Seifert graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.

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