One in six children in the U.S. are diagnosed with a developmental disability. The second most common of these is autism with a current prevalence rate of 1 in 88. And evidence suggests that autism’s true prevalence in the U.S. may be considerably higher. One thing has remained consistent: the updated numbers are heavily skewed to boys – 4 out of 5 children diagnosed are boys. The challenge for you, as a parent, is to help your child develop a healthy self-concept, build their self-esteem, and help them develop the social and cognitive skills they need to lead a productive life.
Autism and Magic Tricks
Hocus Focus addresses some of the challenges that students with autism face – challenges in behavior, social cognition, linguistics, motor coordination, and sensory abilities.
Learning magic tricks can:
- Encourage the student to be sociable, flexible, and cooperative when playing and/or studying with other children.
- Help the student recognize and implement the codes of social conduct, including the unwritten social rules and expectations of behavior that we all seem to know, but were never taught (the hidden curriculum).
- Encourage the student to have meaningful conversation, recognize and respond to facial expressions, and improve the understanding and expression of emotion.
- Encourage the student to understand different perspectives and the thoughts and feelings of others.
- Provide positive social experiences.
- Educate the student on the value of listening, giving and receiving compliments, giving appropriate criticism, and acknowledging they are “wrong” and learning from mistakes.
- Improve the student’s gross and fine motor skills.
For more information on Magic and Autism, please visit the Research area on this website.