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Finding That Special Gift For That
By Hilary Gibson, Staff Writer
Learn about the likes and dislikes
of the child. It is even safe to say that autistic
children can be somewhat “obsessive” with certain
colors, patterns, or toys that help them repeat a
certain sound or action over and over, so it is good
to buy toys that will appeal to them for this
purpose as well. Any toys or large-pieced games that
form patterns or lines are great.
Lego’s for older children and
Duplo’s for younger children are an excellent gift
since the multiple parts can be assembled (these
building systems are different from other toys or
games that just have tons of little pieces which are
not necessarily utilized). Depending upon the
child’s imagination, many autistic children enjoy
creating different types of shapes and thoroughly
enjoy the assembly process.
Find out what kind of movies or
shows the child likes to watch. Getting them a video
or DVD can be a terrific gift.
Fixations with clothes or shoes is
also very typical, so buying a pair of shoes or
getting the kind of clothes they like will also make
for good gift giving.
Items that can be used indoors and
provide exercise are also good gifts, like a
stationary bike (a previously owned one can be
There are many different type of
affordable toy computers on the market that teach
math, reading, spelling, etc. Try to find one that
has multi-sensory components which allow the child
to not only learn, but to be creative as well.
To help you with even more gift ideas,
here’s a list of websites which offer toys, games that
are appropriate for autistic kids: Adapt Net; Auti Toys;
Come Play With Me; Dragonfly Toys (US); Dragonfly Toys
(Canada); Enabling Devices; Honey the Signing Bear;
Science Products; TFH (US) Limited; The Center for
Creative Play; and Thomas the Tank Engine.