How to Create A Safe, Functional Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

Create A Safe, Functional Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

Guest Post by Danny Knight

For many parents, finding ways to create safe and engaging activities for their children is a priority, especially as warm weather sets in. For children on the autism spectrum, it’s especially important to make safe spaces that will encourage learning, yet will also help the child feel comfortable.

In spring and summer, there are several ways you can make your backyard a safe haven for your child on the autism spectrum, and several activities you and your family can do together outdoors.

The key is to come up with a good plan so your child will stay engaged and curious. Take their specific needs into consideration to ensure that they’ll stay safe and think of the best ways to get your family involved in their favorite activities.

Making learning fun will keep them engaged and happy and will allow for some bonding time for all your loved ones. Keep reading for some of the best tips on how to make your backyard a safe, functional space for your child on the autism spectrum.

How to Create A Safe, Functional Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

Create A Safe, Functional Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum

Plant a garden

Gardening is a great activity for children on the spectrum because it’s quiet, you can move at your own pace, and it allows for lots of sensory play without creating overload. It’s also great for movement and activity, and it’s something the entire family can do together.

Working with one another to build something will promote teamwork, and you can enjoy the healthy benefits if you choose to plant vegetables or fruit. It’s important to make sure you have the right tools, however, and that everyone who will be taking part has access to protective gloves, sunscreen, and water for hydration.

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Create a bird-watching station

There’s a reason why bird watching tops Plexus’ list of family-friendly outdoor activities: birds are fascinating creatures and provide lots of opportunity to learn from the safety of your backyard.

Create a station where your child can watch and learn by setting up a comfortable area–perhaps in the shade–for him to sit and put together simple bird feeders, look at bird guides, and watch the species in your area through binoculars.

You probably already have the makings for a bird feeder in your home; a pine cone covered in peanut butter and rolled in bird seed will do the trick, or a row of Cheerios strung onto a pipe cleaner will work nicely as well.


Many kids love camping because it’s a little break from the norm. Sleeping under the stars, making treats over a campfire, and taking time away from electronics to see how people used to live before the days of technology can be lots of fun.

The great thing is, with a little preparation and some gear, you can do it in your own backyard. You don’t even have to buy a tent if your budget won’t allow for it; simply drape some sheets from a tree and secure them with clothesline.

Make a butterfly feeder

Butterflies are beautiful and mysterious little creatures that provide great learning opportunities for kids because of the way they transform. Talk to your child about the different gestation periods for butterflies and look for cocoons in the backyard during spring.

Build a butterfly garden using a few small, shallow trays; fill one with water and add stones the butterflies can land on to get a drink, and place butterfly nectar in the others.

Getting your child outdoors and interested in learning is a great way to keep him engaged, and it will allow for some family bonding at the same time. Talk to your child about every step of your outdoor activities and look for new learning opportunities along the way.

There Ya Go!

Thank you Daniel for all these great tips on how to Create A Safe, Functional Backyard For A Child On The Autism Spectrum.  What is your favorite tip? Let us know in the comments below!

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