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How a Cubby House can help an Asperger’s Child

An Asperger’s child can be very sensitive to their surroundings and a cubby house is the perfect place for them to unwind and process all that’s going on in their little brains.

First let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome

• Asperger’s children often don’t pick up on social cues and have a lack of social skills which come naturally to other people; as an example they can’t read other people’s body language, start or keep a conversation going or even take turns in talking.

• They are highly sensitive to any change in routine and can become fairly distressed if something out of the norm happens.

• They appear to lack empathy.

• They can’t really notice differences in a person’s tone of voice that could alter the meaning to others. They often can’t understand jokes and they will take a sarcastic comment literally. Their speech is quite monotone making it difficult for other people to understand them.

• They have a formal style of speaking which is often advanced for their age. For example, they will use more complicated words in speech than other children of their age would, they could use the word ‘beckon’ instead of ‘call’ or ‘return’ instead of ‘come back’.

• They will often avoid eye contact or you might see them staring at other people.

• They might have unusual facial expressions or postures.

• They can become very preoccupied or even obsessed with either one or a few interests, in which they will be very knowledgeable. These interests are often unusual and can be highly detailed like they are interested in trains, designing houses or astronomy as an example.

• They will talk a lot about their favourite subject and these conversations are normally one-sided. They can’t read the fact that the person they’re talking to is not actually interested. Where some kids will think about what and how they say something, an Asperger’s child will say whatever they are thinking out loud.

• Have might have delayed motor development, for example using eating utensils, riding a bike or catching a spoon. Sometimes they could have an awkward walk and their handwriting is often quite messy.

• They are highly sensitive and become overstimulated very quickly by lights, loud noises, strong tastes or textures. This is normally called sensory processing disorder.

If your child displays any of these symptoms it certainly doesn’t mean that they have Asperger’s, but if you’re worried please seek the advice of a medical professional.

How a cubby house can help an Asperger’s child

As you’ve seen from the above, Asperger’s children are highly sensitive to their surroundings and they can have awkward social skills which can leave them isolated. Here are some ways that a cubby house can help an Asperger’s child.

• A cubby house can become a safe haven for them. A place to relax and unwind after a day filled with a large amount of sensory input. They can process everything that has gone on in a day. As they suffer from sensory integration they are also in a quiet place to calm down.

• Your cubby house can be a place where they can delve into their specific interests free from judgement. If they’re interested in trains, kit the cubby house out with different types of trains or books on the subject. It’s their own place to find out all they can about their interests.

• Make their cubby house play part of their routine after school. Let them go there as they get home to have that bit of peace and quiet. They can even do their homework there, free from distractions.

• A cubby house will get them moving without pressure so they can develop the motor skills that Asperger’s children are often late in developing.

• Get children to come over for play dates. Make sure it is one child at a time. The cubby house can be a great place for a play date and can help them to develop social skills with some guidance.

A cubby house can have huge benefits for an Asperger’s child and here are a few suggestions to consider.

 

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