It’s almost that time of year again: spring break. But don’t worry. We’re not going to re-live our college days. Instead, we’re spending this wholesome break with our kiddos and celebrating all their hard work.
This is a much-needed break; they deserve a week of relaxing and leisure activity, especially if your child has autism.
Long days of school, ABA therapy, and practicing skills at home can become tiring, and it’s important that we allow our kids to be kids and have some fun! Here are a few spring break ideas for families of children with autism.
Explore on a Camping Trip
If your child loves everything about nature, you should suggest taking a camping trip. Campsites are typically budget-friendly, and there’s almost always one available. Many campgrounds are like resorts, with quiet atmospheres, beautiful surroundings, and amenities that you and your family can use.
However, if camping at a campground is too much, you can have a backyard camping trip. Set up a tent and all your camping necessities in your backyard, and you can star gaze in the comfort of your property.
Visit Your Local Children’s Museum
Another great spring break idea is to spend the day at a children’s museum. Even as parents, visiting an interactive museum is such a joy. While it can get crowded, spring break is the perfect time to spend quality time gaining new information and learning cool facts.
However, crowds can be anxiety-inducing for children with autism. So check with the museum for the typical busy dates and times and choose a time to visit that won’t overwhelm your kid.
Spend Time in the Library
Just because your child is on break doesn’t mean they should abandon their studies and interests. Encourage your child to read up on their favorite topics and explore more books by taking them to your local library.
Your child can play games, go on the computer, and read all day long. This is a great opportunity to spend some quality time outside the house with your child. You should consider asking their teacher for any book suggestions to help narrow the broad search.
Relax on the Beach
Nothing screams spring break more than relaxing on a beach and building sandcastles. Treat your child (and yourself) to an afternoon of sitting in the sand and watching the waves.
With the right preparation, taking a trip to the beach can be a great spring break idea for families of children with autism.
The relaxing ambience, tranquil sounds of the waves crashing, and playing in the sand could be a soothing experience for your child. We recommend bringing an umbrella or tent, blanket, and sunglasses to reduce any sensory triggers.
Host a Play Date With Friends
Sometimes the best way to spend spring break is at home with friends. Band with a few of your child’s classmate’s parents to host the ultimate playdate. Your child with autism can enjoy many fun activities while getting the chance to practice their socialization skills.
However, it’s important to understand that you shouldn’t draw out these playdates. Begin with short playdates to allow the children to become more comfortable with each other.