Autism Spectrum Therapies’ Suggestions for Holiday Children’s Gifts

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Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) understands that it is always challenging to select fun yet appropriate gifts for children during the holidays. This challenge is amplified when the recipient is a child with autism. Despite these hurdles, gift giving can also be an opportunity to provide a gift that inspires natural creativity and learning abilities in children with autism. AST has put together some great gift ideas that are fun and will inspire these natural abilities.

Ronit M. Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

AST recommends giving gifts that are fun and engaging, while at the same time provide opportunities for interaction, creativity and learning.

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) understands that it is always challenging to select fun yet appropriate gifts for children during the holidays. This challenge is amplified when the recipient is a child with autism. Despite these challenges, gift giving can also be an opportunity to provide a gift that inspires natural creativity and learning abilities in children with autism. AST’s Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Ronit Molko, Ph.D., recommends giving gifts that are “fun and engaging, while at the same time provide opportunities for interaction, creativity and learning.” Here are some of AST’s top suggestions for great gifts to excite and inspire your child this holiday season.

Top 5 Gift Ideas by Age Group
1.    Children Ages 0 to 3

  •     Shape sorters
  •     Puzzles (wooden with handles for each piece; suggested brand: Melissa and Doug®)
  •     Board books
  •     Stacking blocks and cups

2.    Children 3 to 5

  •     Games (e.g. Candy Land®, Chutes and Ladders®, Don’t Break the Ice®, Connect Four™, Hi‐Ho Cherry‐O, Cariboo, Hullabaloo, Lucky Ducks®)
  •     Puzzles with up to 25 pieces (suggested brand: Melissa & Doug®)
  •     Play sets (e.g. kitchen, construction)
  •     Dress up items and beads
  •     Puppets

3.    Children 5 to 7

  •     Toy animals with care items (e.g. toy dog with carrier, bowl and leash)
  •     Play kitchen set
  •     Barbie™ dolls and accessories
  •     Hot Wheel® sets
  •     Leap Pad™

4.    Children 7 to 10

  •     Games (e.g. Uno®, Scrabble®, Yahtzee, Bop it®, etc.)
  •     Wii™ (e.g. Wii Play™, Mario Kart®, etc.)
  •     Nintendo DSi™ (e.g. Mario Brothers®, Cooking Mama, etc.)
  •     Lego® Building Sets
  •     Radio Control Cars

This list was developed as a general guideline. It is important to remember that every child is unique. Check with your child’s teacher or therapist for specific recommendations on which toys might be more appropriate for specific skills sets and developmental levels.

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About Autism Spectrum Therapies

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) provides services to infants, children and adults with developmental delays, as well as young children who are at risk. AST’s family friendly approach is rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis, which has the strongest and broadest evidence-base. The company provides services in family’s homes, communities, and schools, as well as in our clinics.

AST is committed to being the premier provider of services to individuals with developmental needs at a national level. Through the use of scientifically proven methods, AST has had a major impact on the lives of thousands of children and their families. Programs are available for clients from infancy to adulthood. AST’s programs address all developmental needs, including language development, social skills, and building independence across the lifespan.

AST is proud of its prestigious leadership and uniquely trained staff. The company has over 500 employees including an unprecedented number of Ph.D.’s and over 60 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists on staff. With a strong presence in the autism clinical and research communities, AST continues to make a positive impact on a national basis.

We invite you to explore our website http://www.autismtherapies.com and discover how Autism Spectrum Therapies is helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential.

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