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:
Toys to spark imaginative Play for kids with autism!
Duplo (for kids who are a bit too young for legos)
Stacking Wooden Blocks
Play-doh/ Kinetic Sand
Arts and crafts
Trains, transport, and garage related toys
Cause/Effect Toys (simple- not too many ‘bells and whistles’ is best!)
Other Fun games and ideas (based on the child’s interests)
Punching bag set
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!