Why Outdoor Play is so Important
Playing outside gives your child the chance to explore the natural environment and have adventures. Your child can play games, test their physical limits, express themselves and build their self-confidence.
Did you know?
-One-third of the children spend fewer than 30 minutes outside per day.
-Almost one-fifth of those surveyed reported their children spend no time outdoors.
-Seventy-five percent of the parents surveyed reported that their children will not play a game without technology.
Outdoor play can also mean messy fun! When your child is outside, they have more space and freedom for big movements like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. Physical activities like these are good for your child’s fitness and physical development.
Spending time outdoors might lower your child’s chances of developing shortsightedness and gain vitamin D. Playing outside and being in natural environments can also help children relax and feel calm. This means outdoor play can be good for your child’s mental health and well being too.
One research study demonstrated that time outside can restore our attention reservoir by giving us a break from over-stimulation. Another national study of U.S. children found that being outside reduced ADHD symptoms, even when compared to the same activity done indoors. Bundle up and get some time outside!!
Why Autistic Play is Different
From a very young age, they are likely to line objects up, play by themselves, and repeat actions over and over. They're also less likely to engage in games that require "make-believe," collaboration, or social communication.
Of course, many children without autism line up objects, play alone, or choose other activities over make-believe. But children with autism are apparently unaware of others' activities and preferences. Typically-developing children imitate their peers to learn new play skills, collaborate with others, and ask questions when they're confused.
Typically-developing children who play alone generally do so for a reason. They are capable of joining in when they're ready or encouraged to do so.
Most are facing some daunting challenges that stand between them and typical social communication. Among these challenges are the following;
-Lack of Imitation Skills
-Lack of Symbolic Play Skills
-Lack of Social Communication Skills
-Lack of Joint Attention Skills
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