Autistic children do play ping pong ball. Yes, it is true, autistic children do and are able to play the game of ping pong ball. But, what is the purpose? Most children with autism have a passion for playing some kind of a sport game, which helps them to be on common ground and connect with their peers.
The main purpose for teaching ping pong ball to children with autism, is that it develops coordination in the arms, wrist, and improves leg movement, motor skills, helps to focus to have a better attention span, and it gives an excellent work out of exercise and does not require expensive equipment.
Introduce your child to the game of ping pong ball by allowing them to see a ping pong table, the net that goes across the table, the paddles and the white ping pong balls. Let your child hold the ping pong balls, the paddles to get the feel of them, until he or she feels comfortable holding these items. Start to bounce the ping pong balls slowly back and forth with paddles. The paddles are light weight and so are the ping pong balls for easy wrist action and for bouncing the balls.
Teach the individual with autism to hit the ping pong ball back and forth to the other side of the table with the paddle so it will be a back and forth hit touch, hit touch, over to the next side, across from the net on the table. By doing this, the person will have a better understanding of how to play. You may want to play a game or two at first with another person and have the child watch what you do, to give them an idea of what to expect.
Playing ping pong ball with children who have autism, creates a purpose of not only exercise, but it helps one to learn, discover how to have fun, laugh, be a team, have a challenge to gain self-confidence, it helps the individual from being isolated, full of anxiety, and depression. Develops coordination in foot and arm work, eye contact on the ball, and build up of the muscles.
In addition, children with autism that play ping pong ball, have slowly overcome some of their negative stress levels, that have brought the positive purpose for them to become more calm and relaxed, with less anger outbursts, and tantrums. It creates emotional health, by building the child who has autism, to gain their self-confidence and enables them to communicate to have better relationships with other children and adults. One important thing to recognize, is, when playing ping pong ball with autistic children, it will bring about fun and laughter, which also builds stronger relationships and improves communication skills which is sometimes difficult for people with autism.
When you are playing ping pong ball, the purpose is not to stress winning, but just to have fun and a joyous time. Try not to take the game too seriously, because if the child loses or makes a mistake, he or she, may go away in tears. Instruct the child that it is okay to lose. One does not have to be a winner to enjoy the game.
It is imperative that the ping pong game is not controlled by rules or goals, which could confuse the child with autism and cause, he or she, not to want to play the game and walk away in tantrums or anger outbursts. Instruct the child to play the game, with love and encouragement and lots of patience.
There becomes a sense of peace and a positive detachment from every day reality, by playing the game of ping pong ball. This decreases the amount of tantrums and anger outbursts the child of autism might have with their disorder.
Purchase an inexpensive ping pong ball table. Play the game with your autistic child, to have fun and enjoyment and there will be positive purposes that will enrich both you and your child.
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