Exploring Spring: 4 Fun Outdoor Activities for Friends with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Spring is a time for fresh beginnings and outdoor adventures, especially for friends with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With warmer weather and blooming nature, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy therapeutic outdoor activities that cater to sensory needs and promote overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll dive into four fun outdoor activities specifically designed to bring joy and relaxation to friends with ASD during the spring season.

  1. Sensory Nature Walks
    Let’s kick off the season with sensory nature walks! Find a cozy spot in a local park or garden where you and your friends can explore the wonders of nature. Take your time strolling along the trails, touching different textures, listening to birdsong, smelling fragrant flowers, and admiring the colorful blooms. These walks are all about experiencing the beauty of spring while feeling calm and connected to nature.

  2. Outdoor Art Adventures
    Ready to get creative? Set up an outdoor art station in your backyard or a nearby green space. Gather some paints, brushes, and canvases, and let your imagination run wild! You can also use natural materials like leaves and twigs to add a special touch to your masterpieces. It’s a fantastic way to express yourself, have fun with friends, and soak up the sunshine.

  3. Nature Playtime and Games
    Who’s up for some outdoor fun and games? Head to the nearest park or playground and let the adventures begin! From scavenger hunts to tree climbing to tag, there are endless possibilities for outdoor play. Don’t forget to bring a frisbee or a ball for some friendly competition. It’s all about getting moving, exploring, and laughing together in the great outdoors.

  4.  Gardening Galore
    Last but not least, let’s dig into some gardening fun! Whether you have a big backyard or just a few pots on your balcony, gardening is a fantastic way to connect with nature and learn new skills. Plant some colorful flowers, herbs, or veggies, and watch them grow over the season. Taking care of plants is not only rewarding but also a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day.

  5. Sensory Sensitive
    We did not forget about the kiddo who is sensory sensitive and prefers not to touch things! There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors! Consider activities that focus on visual and auditory experiences, such as birdwatching or cloud-gazing. Set up a cozy outdoor reading nook where they can enjoy their favorite books surrounded by nature’s beauty. You can also engage their senses in a non-intrusive way by bringing along a comfortable blanket or chair for them to sit on, providing sunglasses or a hat for sun protection, and playing calming nature sounds or music to create a soothing atmosphere. Encourage them to explore at their own pace and find what brings them comfort and joy in the great outdoors.


With spring in full swing, there’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family! Whether you’re taking sensory nature walks, getting creative with outdoor art, playing games in the sunshine, or gardening together, these activities are sure to bring smiles and create lasting memories. So grab your friends, soak up the sunshine, and let the springtime adventures begin!

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Reese Lytle

What varied experience do you have in your field?

I have been an RBT for over 3 years. I have worked in a clinic, in home, and in a school.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?

I want to make a life long difference in people’s lives. I want to help give people a voice.

Do you have any special areas of interest?

I am an RBT and love working with kids.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

I’m and RBT and have my CPR certification.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about helping children gain their voice and learn how to cope.

What do you enjoy most about working at Advanced Behavioral Therapy?

Watching children grow and learn skills (big and small!)

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love working with a team and watching my coworkers grow in experience and be able to see their kiddos grow their skills too.

sierra

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?

I chose this career path because ABA truly is changing the lives of many which that inspires me on a daily basis. Getting to see the growth in clients firsthand is such an incredible feeling of success and happiness. Not only does ABA change the lives of clients, but their families & friends as well :)

Do you have any special areas of interest?

I find working on language with clients to be very interesting and fun! I can still remember the excitement I felt when my first nonverbal client became echoic and then began talking independently. I have also become very interested in the admin side of ABA as it is intriguing to see behind the scenes to it all!

What varied experience do you have in your field?

I have worked with clients in home settings, school settings and clinic/center settings. I’ve worked with kids anywhere from 2 years old to 13 years old, some being verbal and some being nonverbal. I have even worked with children outside of the autism spectrum, that have ODD.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

I am RBT certified as well as QBS certified.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about all aspects of my career in ABA! I have found passion in every direction it has taken me.

What do you enjoy most about working at Advanced Behavioral Therapy?

I enjoy the positive environment that has been cultivated (:

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?

I saw how life-changing ABA therapy can be for individuals and their families after starting an internship where I received my RBT certification. I then changed by career path from pursuing social work to becoming a BCBA!

Do you have any special areas of interest?

Practical Functional Analysis and Skill-based treatment, toilet training, food toleration, AAC communication

What varied experience do you have in your field?

I have experience working in a variety of settings such as in-home, center, and school-based which has taught me how important generalization and adequate parent/caregiver training is. I have used progressive ABA procedures such as toilet training using a moisture-sensing alarm, gradual food toleration, and skill-based treatment I believe my background in social work/therapy allows for a different perspective when conducting parent trainings in meeting them where they are at.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

– Practical Functional Analysis & Skill-based Treatment – Level 2 certification – Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) – Advanced Toilet Training Strategies for Children with Developmental Disabilities

What are you passionate about?

At work: Helping clients and parents achieve new goals, especially ones that increase a client’s independence and reduce stress on their parents/caregivers. Personal life: I love coaching volleyball and helping provide young girls with skills to be not only a good player but also be a good teammate and friend!

What do you enjoy most about working at Advanced Behavioral Therapy?

The support and team mindset everyone shares! I know that I can go to anyone at the company and ask for help and they will make time to ensure I feel supported and prepared to help my clients/families and RBTs. I am also grateful and excited about the new opportunities that I have been given in supervising staff that are pursuing their BCBA license and aftercare program!

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?

After completing my Master’s in Counseling Psychology, I always looked for something more. When I encountered the science of applied behavior analysis, while working in a school setting, I found a field of study that made sense and left me wanting to follow that path. It had given me the opportunity to watch my clients learn skills and progress in so many ways. I knew ABA was the right choice for me.

Do you have any special areas of interest?

Functional Communication and Activities of Daily Living

What varied experience do you have in your field?

I have worked in field of ABA since 1997 beginning in a school setting with children ages 3-21. I have also worked with adults in their homes and day programs for many years.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

CPR/First Aid, Certified Trainer for Crisis Management: Verbal Intervention, Personal Control, and Defensive Techniques in Crisis Situations

What are you passionate about?

Teaching our learners to advocate for themselves and live as independently as possible.

What do you enjoy most about working at Advanced Behavioral Therapy?

We are given opportunities to practice in an ethical and supportive environment with ongoing professional development. I love that across the company, my colleagues share similar values. It is a privilege to work side by side with our families in their homes to improve the lives of our learners.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?

I worked in the field of special education for many years and appreciate the targeted support that kids get with ABA to learn the skills they need to be able to navigate the world and enhance their lives.

Do you have any special areas of interest?

Social skills, mental health

What varied experience do you have in your field?

I worked as a education as a special education administrator for over 15 years.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

I also hold a Pupil Services Administration license with the Ohio Department of Education

What are you passionate about?

personal growth and meditation

What do you enjoy most about working at Advanced Behavioral Therapy?

I love working with a great team that is always looking to support each other.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?
I am passionate about helping families thrive with their autistic child.
Do you have any special areas of interest?
I enjoy the science behind the development and growth in people.
What varied experience do you have in your field?
running programs.
What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?
I have a bachelors and RBT certification.
What are you passionate about?
enjoying life and being optimistic
What do you enjoy most about working at Advanced Behavioral Therapy?

Their honesty and integrity.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in ABA therapy?
I wanted to work with children with special needs to help improve their quality of life.

Do you have any special areas of interest?
In ABA, I’m very interested in developing language and applying ABA outside of autism (health, fitness, animals, etc.)

What varied experience do you have in your field?

I have worked in residential treatment, as a behavior specialist in a school environment, as a case manager for home based cases in ABA, and now in a center operations capacity.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

I am a BCBA and COBA. I have been certified in CPI, TCI, and am currently certified in QBS. I’ve also been a TCI trainer. I have taken a variety of CEU courses to learn about SBT, ACT, and ABA in fitness.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about supporting client to meet their needs. I enjoy problem solving and troubleshooting skills that clients are having difficulty with. I always enjoy seeing a troubleshoot have success :)

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