Suara.com – The Covid-19 pandemic has forced children with autism to discontinue therapy for fear of spreading the virus. As a result, many parents have to give up their children in order not to receive therapy.
How then to do therapy for children with autism at home without the help of a therapist?
1. Games at home can stimulate children with autism
According to Orthopedist, Nurianti Yamin, one of the activities that can be done to stimulate children with autism, so that their abilities do not decrease without therapy, is playing.
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They do not need complicated games, but age-appropriate games that can stimulate the child’s abilities. For example, like a game of throwing and catching a ball, which can train children’s motor nerves and thinking skills.
“Just throw the catch for the ball, parents can provide motor stimulation when the child catches the reactive initiative. Then the instructions come on deck for the catch, even if you are just playing football,” Nurianti said when Suara.com contacted him on Friday (2/4). / 2021).
Nurianti, who is also an occupational therapist for children with special needs at the Drisana Center, said it didn’t take long to play with autistic children to stimulate it, it only took 1 to 2 hours, but noting that it took be routine and consistent.
“Everyday play with children is not too difficult, with the possibility of parents, adapting to children’s needs, introducing toys,” he explained.
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In addition to playing, looking for and including children in homework is equally good for stimulating stimulating needs and developing children with autism.
Nurianti said that complicated tasks are not needed, but light and easy tasks such as arranging plates for eating together, turning off lights, watering plants, arranging and arranging shoes.
“It’s a simple job, so these kids are involved around them, so they also have a routine to stay awake. Especially when they don’t have certain routines like it was before the pandemic, they have to have breakfast, go to school, to therapy and so on,” he concluded. is. Later.