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Finding the Perfect Gift for Kids with Autism!

November 27, 2017

When it comes to gifts for ALL kids these days, we want to spark an enjoyment in life- beyond devices! We want to encourage all kids to PLAY, to use their imagination, to interact with the world, and to have fun!  

 

When it comes to finding the perfect toy or game for kids with autism, you want to first think about what they like to do, what their passion is, and go from there. For example, if a child loves dinosaurs you may want to think about gifts including: dinosaur costumes, figurines, coloring books, fossil sets, etc. Let the passion guide the gift!

 

You also want to consider the child's sensory system and how they experience the world around them. Think about the activities they engage in: Do they enjoy touching things? Spinning? Crashing? Building? When thinking of the perfect gift, sensory toys can be a great option. Think about what the child loves to do, and then we can give them a creative (and appropriate) way to get the same sensations. For example, if a child loves to spin you may want to consider a sit-n-spin, a hanging swing, or a balance board. 

 

Here are some ideas that may spark your interest:

 

Sensory Toys

  • Scooter boards

  • Sensory/Body Soc

  • Crash pads

  • Sensory/stress balls

  • Light/sound projectors (ex- calming turtle)

  • Play microphones

  • Hanging inside swings

  • Vibrating cushions or massagers

  • Sit-n-spin

  • Bubbles

  • Musical instruments

  • Balloons

Toys to spark imaginative Play for kids with autism!

  • Legos

  • Duplo (for kids who are a bit too young for legos)

  • Mega Blocks

  • Stacking Wooden Blocks

  • Dress-ups

  • Play-doh/ Kinetic Sand

  • Toy Kitchen

  • Toy food

  • Work bench

  • Figurine Play

  • Tent

  • Arts and crafts

  • Trains, transport, and garage related toys

Cause/Effect Toys (simple- not too many ‘bells and whistles’ is best!)

  • ‘Pop up pirate’ game

  • Stomp Rocket/ jump and launch

  • Squeeze and pop games

Other Fun games and ideas (based on the child’s interests)

  • Basketball set

  • Bowling set

  • Marble run

  • Punching bag set

  • Velcro throw/catch

  • Tetherball

  • Hot potato 

In general, try to avoid toys or games that have too many 'bells and whistles' or choking hazards and go for fun!

 

Check out this PINTEREST Page for more ideas! 

 

 

 

 

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