Holiday Gift Guide For Children With Autism
Children with autism can be so difficult to buy for in that they like to play with the same things over and over again. New toys can be overwhelming for them. I always liked to tell the grandparents and what not some other than toy things to buy for Logan. Here are some of my favorite things that will help with at home therapies or improving quality of life for everyone.
Is the child non verbal?
An iPad either new or refurbished with Assistive Communication Software will open up a whole new world to not only the child but the parents as well. The most common as well as the industry standard is Proloquo2Go – Symbol-based AAC – AssistiveWare . This gift could hands down be life changing for a family.
- What are the child’s therapy needs?
Plasma cars, exercise balls as well as other occupational therapy items can be helpful for continuing therapy at home. Find out the child’s therapy needs then buy from there. Gas cards are useful for the parents as therapy appointments are never close together. Never
What are the child’s spiritual needs?
Just because the child has autism doesn’t mean their spiritual needs can be overlooked. However, since children with autism are highly visual as well as abstract concepts being difficult for them, these needs have to be approached from a different angle.
Road To Heaven game is a fun, family friendly way to work on Bible skills. It teaches abstract concepts like salvation and grace in an easy to understand way. It also helps to hone learning books of the Bible in addition to how to look up answers using the Bible . Bible is included.
Pieces of the Promise is a hands on family devotion revealing the promises of God through puzzles. There are 16 family devotions. These devotions are done in a quick but fun way so it keeps the child’s attention but not long enough for it to not end successfully. It’s a great way to introduce kids to Jesus in a fun way.
What are their health needs?
Could you buy something needed to treat a health issue?. Essential oils or a diffuser for them to try for focus. Probiotics or gluten free food? Anything would be helpful.
Children with autism don’t need more toys or items that will overwhelm them. Take some time to talk to the parents to see what they need. I bet a gift that’s needed would be so much more appreciated than one that will take up space and remind the parents of their deficits. Be an encourager!