Visual Activities for Kids with Autism


In general, children with autism have difficulty in processing the information they receive from their senses (including vision) which in turn makes it challenging for them to respond to the received input. Therefore to compensate, they respond in a form of different behavior.

Below are the possible signs, the children with visual sensory issue usually express.

  • Starring at moveable objects like a leaf, fan, vehicles, fidgets, etc.
  • Staring at bright lights
  • Prefer to be dim lights
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Exhibit lateral gaze
  • Peaking at objects very close
  • Focusing issues (especially when asked to)

Let’s see what activities can be provided to help these children.

  1. Visual room
    Decorate a room with serial or disco lights, glittering wallpapers or colorful wallpapers, etc.
  1. Play with alphabets and numbers
  • Make the child to stick the colorful alphabets and form simple words either on the wall or on a chart paper.
  • Make the child to perform simple math or counting activity using colorful numbers.
  • Find the alphabets and numbers from a tub filled with colorful pom-poms, colored thermocol balls, colored mini plastic balls, etc.
  1. Cutting activity
  • Using glitter paper or color paper ask the child to cut into thin strips and paste only upper half of the strip on the wall so that the lower part can wave freely during the presence of wind OR The strips can be pasted on a wooden or plastic ring (only the upper end) and it is suspended on the ceiling.
  • The glitter or color paper can be cut into different shapes, tied and hanged on the wall.
  1. Riding toy car over the track
  1. Colors on paper activity
  • Finger painting and hand printing
  • Trace the bouncing lines, image outline, etc. using sketch pen or crayons.
Image Source: AutiSpark Workbooks
  • Coloring picture

4 thoughts on “Visual Activities for Kids with Autism

  1. Sharda Dhir says:

    Dear Ma’am,
    Activities recommended by you are really good. Kindly suggest what to do if the child keeps switching off lights at night and and switching on lights in day time.

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