If is very hard to find a leisure activity for Camryn. This is very common for kids with Autism. Most kids like Camryn have to be taught their leisure activity.
For example, we may play Candyland a few days a week for a very long period of time until she masters taking turns, waiting for her turn and sitting for the entire game. This is by no means though a preferred activity for her. We have been working on finding leisure activities for Camryn since she was a toddler.
As she gets older, it is getting harder to find things she enjoys. She loves her iPad, but I don’t let the girls on any type of screens during the week. The other girls play games, go outside, do art stuff, play with toys and do homework and have become accustomed to the rule.
It is a battle at times to find something for Camryn to do. If she isn’t on her iPad, she turns to food. There are days where she gets home from school and wants to eat snack after snack and becomes VERY frustrated with me because I won’t let this be her preferred activity.We have been working so hard to find that something.
The other girls take piano lessons at our house every Saturday. We have been trying to get Camryn to participate, but she refuses. Recently though we have all been in one room and hear the piano and the only person missing from the room is Camryn. She is imitating some of what she is hearing the girls play.
Camryn’s sisters have been ALL over this trying to “teach” her different things. It is so amazing to see their genuine excitement for their sister.
Today the piano teacher came and for the first time ever Camryn sat for a 15 minute lesson as I watched in amazement.
Never did I picture this moment.
This was the perfect reminder of how we can never question what the future has in store for us.
Life would be too easy if we had a crystal ball. I am learning to revel in the surprises.