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Ideas for Parents/Caregivers: 10 Activities for Children and Young Adults with ASD

Great ideas for caregivers for activities that meet the needs of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Parents/caregivers often ask about activities for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The good news: there are many that are uniquely suited to their needs, ranging from the creative arts to physical activities. Here are some options in the tri-state area and beyond.

In New York
  • American Museum of Natural History The Discovery Squad is a unique museum tour program designed for kids and their families affected by ASD.

  • Autism Theatre Initiative Some of Broadway’s best shows are accessible to children with autism and their families, with adjustments including lighting, sound and other changes. Pre-show social narratives allow kids to familiarize themselves with the theaters and shows in advance.

  • Jewish Museum Museum educators help children and families examine art and then create their own work.

In New York and New Jersey

Sensory Friendly Films – Multiple AMC locations AMC makes the movie theater a comfortable space for children and young adults with ASD by turning the sound down and the lights up. They can also get up and move around while watching family-friendly films.

In New Jersey
  • 1 Gym 4 All Sensory equipment incorporated into the gym gives all kids the ability to reach their full potential emotionally, socially, and physically in a comfortable, safe environment.

  • Allaire Community Farm Through its rescued animals and working farm environment, Allaire Community Farm aims to nurture special needs children and adults. Programs utilize animal therapy, equine therapy, organic gardening, and vocational training.

  • Diggerland USA The park offers rides and activities ranging from zip lines to rock walls to rope courses. Team members are trained to accommodate special needs kids and the park also hosts a SAND (Special Abilities Night at Diggerland) event.

  • Heart of Surfing Heart of Surfing teaches kids with special needs how to surf, roller skate, engage in fitness, yoga, arts and crafts, and more.

In Pennsylvania
  • Please Touch Museum The museum provides opportunities for children to play and learn in dedicated quiet spaces. Staff members are trained to work with kids with any number of special considerations, and noise reducing headphones are available.

  • Sesame Place Sesame Place is the first theme park ever to be designated as a Certified Autism Center. Services designed for guests with autism and other special needs include low-traffic quiet areas, private quiet rooms, and a no-interaction parade viewing area.

For information about how The Capstone Center can help your child and support your family, call 973.228.2800 or explore our website to learn about our center-based program and our comprehensive services.


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