Developing creative and new ways to help support clients and families through isolation and physical distancing has been a key element of the work of the Moose Jaw Autism Team this spring.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. Many ASD clients also have difficulty with sensory processing and motor skills.
“Being stuck in the house is especially difficult for kids with ASD who need regular movement and sensory activities to help to regulate their bodies,” said Janiece Lee, Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic - Moose Jaw.
Using sidewalk chalk to make a sensory path for children and families at their homes, the Autism Team took a creative approach to the age-old outside activity of hopscotch. Focused on jumping, balancing, and coordination, additional components like alphabet letters, core vocabulary language (“stop” and “go”), following directions, and imitating exercise addressed language, gross motor imitation, literacy, and play skills.
The ASD Team in Moose Jaw strives to provide families with a holistic, client-centered approach to managing the various challenges that may arise when raising a child with ASD.
A client moves through the sensory path, which incorporates numerous elements that address language, gross motor skills, literacy and play in addition to physical activity.