Best Christmas Gifts for Autistic Children

Christmas Gifts for Autistic Children

When it comes to buying Christmas gifts for autistic children, make sure to focus on toys that will stimulate their senses. The reason being is that most kids with autism have sensory challenges, and they have to be introduced to tangible things in a non-threatening way, and in a way that they can understand and remember. Parents will appreciate your thoughtful and fun gifts, too.

Kids with autism often have a difficult time with social interactions. Board games are an excellent way to teach autistic children about sharing, taking turns, and listening to others. Give a gift of your time, too. Play a game!

Board Game for Autistic Children – Social Skills

Give Me 5

Give Me 5 Social Skills Game

Give Me 5 is a board game with eight different categories related to social skills. The categories are targeted to help kids learn about themselves and each other. For example, some of the categories include calming emotions, the big picture, what others are thinking, and self-presentation.

The game uses role-playing and visual cues to analyze social scenarios that kids may come across, or have already come across. The game is intended for ages eight and up, and it’s one of the best Christmas gifts for autistic children that you can buy.

 

The Best Building Toys for Autistic Children

Wonderful LEGO

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You can also check out construction sets or LEGO building blocks, which allow kids to build houses, buildings, and more. There are LEGO and construction sets where a child can build a castle or an airplane.

Building things helps a child learn to follow instructions and directions in order to get a desired result. A lot of kids with autism have a difficult time following verbal instructions, so learning to work on building something can help increase the child’s awareness of needing to follow directions.

3D Feel and Find Toys

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A lot of kids with autism have difficulty learning words for senses. 3D Feel and Find by Guide Craft is another one of the best Christmas gifts for autistic children. It’s a great toy for those who have problems with the senses, particularly the touch sense. 3D Feel and Find comes with twenty multi-colored wooden blocks that consist of shapes, people, or animals, as well as the wooden panels that match them. With 3D Feel and Find, the multi-colored blocks are put in a bag and your child pulls out one of the shapes and matches it with a wooden shape.

 

The HugglePod Hangout — The Perfect Little Hideaway for Kids

HearthSong Nylon Canvas HugglePodTM HangOut with LED Lights, in Green

Sometimes an autistic child just needs to get away for a while. In fact, all children need a special place to get away and calm down a bit. This huggle-pod is recommended by autistic moms whose children are totally enamored with their own huddlepod. Watch the video to see how to assemble and to hear their recommendation.

 

All Children Love the Huddlepod

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Sandwich Stacking Games are Fun

Melissa & Doug Sandwich Stacking Games

Being able to identify a shape by feel rather than by sight will help your child learn and memorize shapes. Another great toy to use is Melissa and Doug’s Sandwich Stacking Game. This can be played alone or with a partner. The game comes with twenty cards and fourteen sandwich fillings, along with four slices of bread. The bread is designed to be used with gloves, but the gloves don’t have to be worn if the child doesn’t want to wear them.

The child looks at a card that has a sandwich designed on it, then he or she uses the picture on the card to design a sandwich of his or her own. Children can design the sandwiches on their own, or two children can race each other to see who gets their sandwich built first.

 

There are many great options for Christmas gifts for autistic children, and the ones mentioned above, will give you a good start on your holiday shopping. Merry Christmas to you and to your family.

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3 Comments

  1. A very thoughtful selection of gift ideas for children with special needs.

  2. Very thoughtful gifts for kids with special needs.

  3. Gypzeerose

    This is such an important post! There are so many autistic and autistic spectrum kids who just fall through the cracks. Thanks for thinking about their special needs at Christmas. Tweeted and Pinned.

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