Target the child's interests instead of what may be age appropriate or the current fad gift of the year.
Lake Zurich, IL (PRWEB) December 19, 2012
Shining Abilities (http://www.shiningabilities.com), a company selling toys for Autistic children, announces the introduction of free articles, written by an industry expert, to help families and friends of Autistic children to cope with common problems and questions. Shining Abilities, founded by individuals with over 15+ years experience providing various therapies to children with Autism, provides an innovative and effective selection of educational toys and a wide variety of free informational articles, tips and newsletters to the Autism community.
This month’s informational focus is on helping parents, friends, and grandparents of Autistic children to find the perfect gift. Many people are often unsure of what gifts to buy an Autistic child for holidays or birthdays. They tend to want to buy something that will provide both enjoyment and an educational experience for the child. Here are some tips that will help you to choose a great gift!
- Target the child's interests instead of what may be age appropriate or the current fad gift of the year.
- If you are unsure of the child's interests, ask the parents. Some questions to ask may include: Does the child have any in depth interests? What movie or characters does the child like? What sensory toys does the child prefer to play with? Does the child like toys that light up or make noise? What toys or items does the child like to carry around with them? Are there any items that the child's teacher or therapist recommends?
- Consider the sensory needs of the child. If the child enjoys tactile stimulation, such as touching, rubbing and feeling different textures, you could consider getting them a large, fluffy, animal-shaped pillow or a game that involves feeling textured items and sensory integration, such as “Ruff's House”. If the child enjoys watching items as they fall and often knocks things over, consider a game that involves throwing objects, such as “Happy Giddy Bowling” or “Smart Toss”.
- Think about which skills the child is currently working on. Are they working on Speech-Language therapy and expanding their vocabulary? If so, “Visual Books” or “Language Builder Cards” may be good options to consider. Is the child working on developing their social skills? If so, “Emotion Cards” and “My Community” would be good products to consider.
Lastly, be creative and think outside of the box compared to the gifts that you might buy for a neurotypical child. Instead, try to learn about the child’s interests to best understand what they would enjoy.
Following these tips will help to ensure that you will select just the right Autism toys for the child in your life. Happy Shopping!