It’s the holiday season, which means plenty of planning, shopping and meal prepping. If you’re in the midst of your holiday gift shopping you may be wondering, what are some good gifts for the children on the autism spectrum in your life? Though usually the standard children’s gifts are still a good option, we have a few gift ideas specifically for children on the spectrum you may want to consider.
- Sensory Toys
Sets like this sensory toy package are built to help children who fidget, stim, or display other repetitive behaviors. Sensory toys can be fun and incredibly helpful for children who need controlled sensory stimulation to keep calm and collected.
2. Kinetic Sand
Kinetic sand is an incredible sensory toy made to help stimulate children’s senses while inspiring creativity. Sets like this one include molds to guide the child’s play.
Headphones and earphones can be a great gift for children on the spectrum who need or like auditory stimulation. Cozyphones are a newer alternative that combine the comfort of a fleece headband with thin kid-friendly speakers.
4. Finger Light Gloves
Finger light gloves are a fun way to get creative and brighten things up. Check out this set for inspiration.
5. Magnetic Tiles
Magnetic tiles are a lot like legos in principle. They are open ended, educational and creative. Sets like this one can inspire a little creativity by challenging children to build different structures with their tiles.
6. Lego Set
Speaking of Legos, the toys that never age are still an amazing gift for kids who value structure, freedom and a little imagination. The Lego duplo sets are especially good for younger kids.
7. Fact Books/Special Interest Books
Children on the spectrum tend to take special interest in things that fascinate them. The best way to get them intrigued in a topic is letting them discover those things in fact books like this one. Or if they have a certain interest already, find some books on the subject to get them reading about the things they love.
8. Night Light Projector
Children who have sleeping issues might need some help getting soothed before bed. Night light projectors can be a great way to do that. Some of them even incorporate gentle music to up the soothing factor.
9. Pop Tubes
Another great one for fidgeters, pop tubes are simple sensory toys used for anxiety and stress relievers.
10. Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets aren’t for everyone but those that enjoy it find them to be therapeutic and helpful when it comes to relaxation and dealing with sleep issues. Some, like this one, come in a variety of sizes to fit your child’s needs.
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