Sports and Movement Make Autism Communicate

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Autism should not restrict your child's ability to interact with friends and society, and a new study proves how. Parents searching for autism treatment will find this rather interesting.

On a side note, did you know that many autistic children in fact get their senses all mixed up and may smell music or taste words?

Though autism is defined heavily on its lack of social interaction and obsessive nature concerning fixed routines, there is a direct link discovered between a child’s motor skills and his or her level of socialization. It has been found in a study on toddlers and preschoolers that better motor skills such as catching and throwing also mean better communication, as well as an improvement in the ability to socialize with others, in essence treating autism.

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233 children ages 14-49 months were tested in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, solidifying the theory that motor skill deficits are directly correlated with one’s ability to move seamlessly in social circles, make friends, understand facial cues and other body language, etc. This meant that teaching motor skills actually helps reduce the effects of autism, since a 12 year old running like a toddler would negatively affect his or her popularity, especially when the peers cannot grasp why he or she would be doing so.

A similar study was conducted lately with 35 children ages 6 to 15, with similar results. Those who can walk, talk, sit, run, play and move about normally have fewer communication and social problems than those who lack in motor skills. It’s not a far fetched idea, either. After all, should you be unable to keep with the rest of your group, you pull to the side in shame. It is very much a normal individual’s reaction, made all the more sever due to a handicap affecting the connection between the mind’s wish and the actual signals sent to the body by the brain.

How can a parent help an autistic child better his or her communication skills?

  • Teach your autistic child to ride a bike. This will make him or her autonomous, with the ability to go to a corner store or friend’s house without bothering you.
  • Teach your child to play sports. Each sport requires multiple fine motor skills which will help hone others in the process, helping your child gain a foothold in society.
  • Use the programs and interventions available for autistic children around you. It will help build confidence in the child’s motor skills, accelerating the learning process.
  • Encourage your child to mimic the movements he or she sees. Practice makes perfect and creating a game out of it will reduce frustration levels should there be any trouble in the beginning.
  • Take your child horseback riding. You'd be surprised how much it helps, especially when coupled with iPad use.

Your autistic child could potentially be the smartest in the class. Provide him or her with the skill set needed to get through the day like any other of the same age group, a treatment for autism in itself, and there will be a major improvement in communication and social skills as well. There are many helpful tips on how to deal with autism. We no longer need to worry but take proactive steps to ensure as normal a life for the autistic child as possible.

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