Socialization and recreation are necessary for the development of children and teens with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), but first, they need to learn how to approach other people. Many teens with autism don’t know how to play or participate in recreational activities with others, which can affect their social life and, consequently, their overall quality of life.
That is why we need to help them choose pastimes that are suitable for them. We should always consider their interests first and then determine which activities fit and will improve their capabilities.
In this article, we offer you some examples of social and recreational activities for your teen. Continue reading!
Ideal activities for teens with autism
For teens with autism, participating in group activities offers the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. That helps them feel included and reduces their feelings of loneliness or isolation.
But individual pastimes also helps them develop their creativity and improve their skills. So you and your child need to consider:
- Activities they can do on their own.
- Activities they can do with a group.
- Events attended by teenagers with similar interests, strengths, and needs.
- Starting a group themselves.
Being part of a social group
Teens with ASD might enjoy participating in:
- The Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
- After school clubs like chess, drama, maths, astronomy, computer coding, lego, dance, gymnastics, soccer, or music.
- The student council or class representative.
- Creative writing groups or fan clubs about science fiction, anime, or other genres.
- Lawn bowling, archery, skating, or laser skirmish clubs.
There might also be organized groups for teenagers with a disability, including those with ASD. For example, they could go to summer camps.
Starting a social club, group or event
On the other hand, teens can start a club of their own or organize regular events for people with similar interests and needs.
Socialization encourages knowledge sharing, teamwork, and helps generate partnerships. People who are isolated can’t enjoy the benefits of socializing. As an example, some people who are afraid of being rejected usually refrain from attempting any social interaction. So help your child integrate and form bonds with others!
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