What is your Autism (ASD) chil kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.
As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! More so if your child has special needs. If you don't have luxury of an adaptive Summer camp then it's up to you as parent to find things for the keep your ASD child busy.
We have all seen the studies that show children spend a lot of all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen, with a child who has Autism that to that could double, even triple!... and we have all heard that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on there health and wellbeing.
However, studies have also shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps those who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression. Why not, give it a try with your ASD child?
One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental ill health and it's on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.
Joe, at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.
Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.
An outdoor enthusiast, Joe is the lead editor at Nature Rated; a website which rates and reviews the best outdoor gear for people who quickly want to know what to get. He believes in no fluff, to the point reviews, which help you choose the right gear for your next adventure. Whenever daily life gets him down he heads to the nearest lake or river with his kayak and camera spending time recharging his batteries.