The Car Grab Game and Other Things


My son loves cars and trucks so much, and he has become quite the specialist in them.  He knows a forklift from an excavator and readily shouts “tanker truck!” when he sees one park in front of a house along our road.  It’s nice that he has these preferences when the obsessions wane so that they don’t dominate his every thought because it gives me and his therapists a great way of pulling him into activities that push him.



The Car Grab Game is just that type of activity.  He works on his visual spatial skills and low tone all in one little game!  He has to sit on his stool (lovingly painted and given to him by one of his aunts) and follow my directions to reach over and grab vehicles based on what I say… “Car Grab PURPLE.” or “Car Grab BIGGEST.”  It’s actually sort of great how this little game makes him apply his cognitive skills in a physical way while also pushing him to differentiate colors/sizes/shapes/etc. based on listening to directions.  He does very well at this game, and the bending exercises are helping him build the tone he needs to pull up his pants; this is a priority right now because he is almost completely potty trained during the day (very few accidents if any, but we still use training pants when we go in the car) and starting his transition to preschool program in April… kiddo needs to pull up his pants!

Games that challenge my son with cognitive and sensory skills are really great for him because they challenge him in his very ambiguous ‘trouble spots.’  Kids with sensory and spectrum issues often are in some ways gifted in the visual spatial arena, specifically puzzles– my son is no exception to that as he now completes 12-15 piece jigsaw puzzles with very little assistance if at all at 28 months of age.  However, the same kids often have trouble with visual spatial in new places or when picking out information from a scene in real life when multiple sensory systems are trying to interpret and process information– it’s sometimes very difficult for my son who absolutely knows all of his colors from grey to pink to pick out a green crayon if reaching into a big tub of them.  It’s sort of confusing because your child can look like they have cognitive deficits if assessed one way, but he or she will look exceptionally gifted if assessed in another way, and performance often depends on much more than just the type of activity done.  How loud is the fan in the background?  Is the sun too bright?  Are his socks twisted?  etc. etc. etc.

So the Car Grab Game is a golden activity here in our house, and I think most eager-minded little men would like this game.  And obviously, this game is easily adaptable to any kid’s preferences and challenges.  Enjoy!


About rhapsodyinautism

I'm a Mom of two little ones-- a two-year-old son newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and a baby girl who is too young to make any guesses. I work a little bit from home for an environmental nonprofit, and I am a freelance journalist. I love cooking, singing, and autumn weather. And I'm married to a brilliant, involved Daddy. My son is an auburn-haired smartypants who loves trucks and jazz. He taught himself the alphabet at 20 months. He has a beautiful social smile, but he finds eye contact aversive. He is the reason I am writing this blog... because there is a huge lack in legislation, funding, insurance coverage, and understanding in regards to autism spectrum disorders. This will be my place to advocate, tell the tale of our journey, and hopefully share a few tears and laughs along the way. This is our family life, and we have embraced it.

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