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Summer Activities for Kids with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

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Summer is a chance to play, rest and enjoy a change of pace. The shift in environment and pace can be more challenging for children with autism (ASD) or other sensory processing disorders, however, so we’ve worked with Dr. Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Institute on Disability and Community, to share some creative ideas for summer fun for kids on the spectrum or kids who are simply sensory sensitive. 

Summer fun starts with embracing exploration with new sensory activities, which may help improve sensory processing while reducing stress. Get outdoors and pay close attention for signs of frustration or overstimulation so you’ll know when to take a break.

Feeling adventurous? We've got a list of 39 amusement parks that offer special needs passes.

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