As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisper, fall offers a multitude of sensory-rich experiences that can be both enjoyable and beneficial for children with autism. These activities create lasting memories while providing opportunities for learning, socialization, and sensory exploration.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Visiting a pumpkin patch is a classic fall activity that children of all abilities can enjoy! To make it more sensory-friendly, try to go during non-peak hours, such as early in the morning or on a weekday. The wide-open spaces, colorful pumpkins, and fresh air create an ideal sensory-friendly environment.
- Cooking with Fall Flavors
Engage your child in simple cooking or baking activities that incorporate the flavors of the season, such as pumpkin muffins. Encourage them to help measure ingredients, stir, and decorate fall-themed treats.
- Make a Fall Sensory Bin
Create a fall sensory bin filled with items such as dried leaves, pinecones, acorns, and pumpkin seeds. Your child can explore the bin with their hands and feel the different textures.
- Sensory-Friendly Scavenger Hunt
Organize a fall-themed scavenger hunt that will allow your child to use their senses to discover the changes brought about by the season. This is a great way for your child to connect with nature while having fun. We've even prepared a complimentary printable template to make your planning effortless!
With a little planning, you can help your child enjoy all the fun that fall has to offer!