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How to Make Your Garden Safer and More Enjoyable for Your Autistic Child

The following article by Linda Robinson offers some practical ideas for making your garden safer and more enjoyable for your autistic child.

If you have an autistic child, it’s important to create a sensory-friendly garden that provides your little one with a safe, calm, and functional outdoor space that can be used to play, learn, and explore the natural world around him or her. For some tips on creating a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), read on.

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Creating an Autism-Friendly Outdoor Space 

To create a safe, accessible, and functional outdoor space for your child, keep the following tips in mind as you design your new autism-friendly garden.


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Fun and Educational Activities for Kids with Autism

After creating a safe and functional garden for your child, make use of your new outdoor space with these autism-friendly activities, toys, and games.

  • Enjoy a few autism-friendly outdoor activities like a scavenger hunt, hide-and-seek, outdoor yoga, and cloud watching.
  • Have fun and learn something new with these science experiments for kids.
  • Purchase a few outdoor toys and games for your little one to enjoy. Some great options for kids with autism include chalk, bubbles, garden tools, or a velcro ball toss.
  • Make a sandbox for your autistic child. This DIY sandbox from The Spruce could later be converted into a raised garden bed.


Additional Resources

For some additional information on parenting or caring for a autistic child, check out the links below.

If you have a autistic child, these tips and resources will help you to create a safer and more enjoyable outdoor space for your little one. With a few simple modifications to your home garden, your child will have the safe and functional outdoor space he or she needs to learn, play, and explore the natural world.



Editor’s note

If you live in the United Kingdom and you are concerned about potentially poisonous plants in your garden, please refer to the article in the link below –

Poisonous Flowers That Grow in the UK

If you live in the United States of America you might be interested to read about how to make your local playgrounds and backyard playsets fully accessible. Some very helpful information can be found in the guide below.

Fully Accessible Guide to Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds and Playsets



If you need help looking for services for an autistic child or adult, we will do our best to help. Click below for the Autism Placement Support Service.

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