Let nature help

Tantrums and aggressive behaviors do happen when our son was younger and sometimes because of simple things like his schedule is disrupted or changed or when he is overwhelmed by the sounds or food around him. It also happens as he feels stressed with his surroundings as he has oversensitivity. 

To help with his over-sensitivities, we tried occupational therapy with nature around. We let our son roll over on hills and grasses. We let him touch nature around him, bring him along during walks and show him different types of landscape and environments. Beach is good therapy as the sand and ocean have different textures that help our son to feel that not all objects around him are made like a block or a Lego that is hard and nonmalleable.

There is sensory integration therapy that aims to help kids with sensory processing issues by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way. The theory behind it is that over time, the brain will adapt and allow kids to process and react to sensations more efficiently. The therapy is usually sensory specific, with focus on noise sensitivity, tactile sensitivity, taste sensitivity and visual sensitivity. It also includes things like balance treatments, movement therapy and carefully designed and tailored physical activities.

Adapted from Sensory Processing Disorder & How to Incorporate Nature into Therapy. Read this link for a more ideas on sensory integration therapy.



Going to the beach and playing with sand is a great therapy. Sandplay therapy allows the child with autism to express their feelings. It allows the child to show their creative side and what makes them happy. When a child’s hands and mind wander to their happy place, they are often prone to communication. Establishing communication is always the objective, where it shows the child is responding and making progress.


Adapted from Benefits of Sandplay Therapy


Introducing nature and describing about it while getting the child to be involved has helped our son with communications and expanding his ideas and interest, so it does not be confined to numbers and letters only. Nature also inspired our child as there are always mysteries and questions to be answered.

“Autistic kids aren’t doing enough stuff outside,” said Temple Grandin, a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, who has autism. “They’re stuck in the basement playing video games.”

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