It’s nearly a month til the big day and Autism parents all over the world are wondering what to buy their kids for Christmas. Some children on the spectrum don’t really like to play with toys or may have no interest in even opening presents.
We know what will matter most to our son won’t be the toys. He may not even want to open/play with any of his gifts on Christmas Day and that’s ok. For him it’s all about the time and the attention given to him and quality time spent with his family.
Based on our experience we have put together some gift ideas for Christmas.
1.Calming Gifts-Slow, repetitive motion items are visually engaging and calming.
Bubble fish lamp
3.Cause and Effect toys
Fisher price piggy bank-Our review link is here https://autismconnects.ie/toy-review-asd-play-skills-and-motor-skills/
Pop-up pets toy-Our review link is here https://autismconnects.ie/toy-review-pop-up-pals/#more-8578
Sound Puzzles ( Melissa and Doug have a great range)
Xylophone (Little Tykes have a nice one)
Puppets, puzzles, blocks, balls, cars/trains and books are a great place to start for all kids. Practical stuff like clothes, bags, cups, favourite treats are great gifts too.
5.Toys to enhance motor skills
Doorbell House-Melissa and Doug
Latches and Lock toy- Melissa and Doug. Our review link is here https://autismconnects.ie/autism-toy-review-melissa-and-doug-latches-and-locks-board/
Basic skills board-Melissa and Doug
Garden Toys-Outdoor climbing wall/Playground set
Membership/Passes to the Swimming pool, Zoo, Theme Park/Tayto Park and the Aquarium.
Create a sensory space/room.
We’d love to hear your gift ideas below under the comment section or share your thoughts on our Forum. Link to our Forum is below