Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration

3 Autism-Friendly Activities in San Diego

There’s nothing more fun than exploring with your child. Whether it’s swimming, getting in touch with animals or adventuring into space, there are plenty of sensory integration therapy activities for children with autism that your child will adore exploring in the San Diego area.

Here are three activities that are sure to please!

Swim Away the Day

The San Diego Autism Society & Aqua Pros offer an awesome swimming activity for kids who fall on the autism spectrum.

Every second Friday of the month, from 6 to 8 pm, kids can splash in a saltwater pool at the Boys  Girls Club indoor pool, which is set to the perfect temperature. There are plenty of lifeguards on duty, and pizza and drinks are served, making this a wonderful autism friendly activity that the entire family can enjoy.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

If your child prefers a quieter, calmer setting, she’ll love the ASD mornings offered at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The museum opens an hour earlier for kids on the spectrum, making it less crowded and noisy, and much more manageable for your child.

Explore the dinosaurs, check out the Coast to Cactus exhibit, or take in the Ocean Oasis film with the lights turned on the sound turned low.

The ASD mornings are offered the second Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. Call in advance to reserve a spot.

A Galloping Good Time

Your little one will enjoy getting up close and personal with horses at a therapeutic equestrian activity. Kids can pet the horses and learn to ride them, too.

In the North Country area, the Ivey Ranch Park offers six-week therapeutic riding lessons. In La Mesa, Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship assists special needs riders. In the Rancho Santa Fe area, the Helen Woodward Center Animal Center assists kids on the spectrum and teaches them how to ride.

Exploration for autistic kids abounds in the San Diego area. These three activities are sure to put a smile on your child’s face, teaching valuable skills and lessons, and provide lasting memories.

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