I had the pleasure of having Danny Knight from Fixitdads.com write a guest post for me. Please check him out and what great info!
Research has shown that if children have their way, they prefer outdoor play spaces that are quite different from the standard play spaces one usually identifies with kids, featuring objects like swing sets, slides, and seesaws. Turns out kids love a play area with flowers, mud, sand, water, and lots of greenery, an environment that stimulates the imagination and encourages play creativity. That also describes a functional and interactive backyard for children on the autism spectrum. Kids with autism are uncomfortable in an environment with lots of stimuli, so a relaxing and attractive play area in which they can make full use of their tactile, auditory, and visual senses in a nonthreatening and encouraging manner is ideal.