Choosing Toys for an Autistic Child

November 8, 2022

Choosing Toys for an Autistic Child

Autism affects how people think, act and feel in different ways, so when it comes to holiday shopping for someone with Autism, it’s a great idea to keep their individual preferences in mind. You might want to consider getting something related to their particular interests or hobbies; this way, you’ll be sure that what you gift them will bring genuine delight. Taking extra steps to understand more about a loved one's Autism can ensure that your gift will be appreciated, meaningful, and well-received. Ask about their favorite activities, items of interest and possible ways you could support them in their Mental Health journey-- this could make all the difference when choosing the right gift. Stay mindful of both your budget as well as any special safety considerations or sensory sensitivities they may have while shopping so you can find just the right thing to warm their hearts this holiday season.

•When choosing a gift for any child with autism spectrum disorder, it is important to consider their individual preferences and interests.

• Speaking with the parent or requesting a holiday wish list from the youngster will ensure that your present will be appreciated.

• Be sure to avoid toys with small parts that could pose choking hazards, as well as those requiring adult assistance unless you are ready and willing to help out.

• It’s best not to buy toys based on age group or gender; rather, select ones based on play skills and sensory needs of the individual child.

• Sensory-based play such as Play-Doh sets, Discovery Putty, Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, stuffed animals and hand fidgets may be great gifts depending on the child's age and stage of development.

• Non-toxic art supplies can also make good presents if they won't create too much mess - check with parents first before purchasing these items!

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