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Fun in the Backyard: How to Create a Safe Place for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

by Lin Buckner

Pixabay by Stocksnap.

Fun in the Backyard: How to Create a Safe Place for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

by Lin Buckner

Pixabay by Stocksnap.

Fun in the Backyard: How to Create a Safe Place for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

by Lin Buckner

Pixabay by Stocksnap.

For many parents, finding ways for the kids to have a safe, fun summer can be tricky, even when they’re just spending time at home. There are all sorts of dangers to be found in the backyard for curious little ones, but outdoor time can be hugely beneficial for kids on the autism spectrum, so it’s important to do a safety check to make sure any play equipment is in good condition and that there are no sharp sticks or other debris that could be painful to small feet.

When your child is on the autism spectrum, it’s important to make sure your backyard is functional as well as safe. Every child on the spectrum has different needs, so it’s essential to take those into consideration when it comes to creating a fun outdoor space. Many children on the autism spectrum feel overwhelmed easily when faced with many different sensory stimuli, so it may be best to keep the backyard simple and safe.

Here are a few of the best ways to create a safe place for your child on the autism spectrum.

Plant a Garden

Gardening is a very soothing pastime that reduces stress and can teach kids about responsibility and science concepts. Consider starting a small garden with your child that can be easily maintained; help him plant flowers or his favorite vegetables and make it a point to allow him to choose the seeds he wants so he’ll stay motivated to continue with it. Look for kid-sized tools and gloves that will help him stay safe while having fun; you can find a list of great gloves here.

Play to His Strengths

The best backyard space will allow your child to feel comfortable as well as safe, so play it up to his strengths. If he loves water, create a water table area where he can engage in safe play, or set up a sprinkler system that he can run through on hot days. Just make sure the surrounding area is smooth and free of rocks or potential hazards to prevent injuries. Keep the lawn neatly mowed as well.

Keep the Bugs Away

Depending on where you live, there may be a mosquito invasion once the weather gets warm, so it’s important to keep bug spray handy and reduce the likelihood that these disease-carrying pests will bother your little ones by removing the things that attract them, such as standing water. If you have a pool, make sure it has the right amount of chemicals to keep the bugs away.

Make a Safe Play Area

Many children on the autism spectrum love movement and find swings to be comforting. The right swing set can help your child feel safe and comforted even on the days when they feel overwhelmed or overstimulated. Look for a sturdy set with thick chains to withstand lots of use, and keep it well-oiled so it will last for years to come.

Pool Safety

It’s imperative to make sure the pool area is a safe place. Whether you have an in-ground pool or just a small inflatable one, there are some simple things you can do to make sure your child can enjoy the water without getting hurt. Installing a pool alarm will ensure you’re always aware when someone is too close to the water, while life vests and inflatables will allow everyone to have fun while staying safe.

Creating a safe place for your child to enjoy the summer can take some time, so make a list of all the things you’ll need to do in the spring in order to prepare. Keeping your child’s specific needs in mind will allow you to give him a fun and accessible space he can enjoy during the summer.

This article was written by Lin Buckner who is a freelance writer. We thank Lin for this work. The photograph was from Pixabay by Stocksnap. Again we are grateful.



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