What do you get autistic children for Christmas? If you are a parent of an autistic child, you may be running out of ideas for toys. If you are purchasing a gift for an autistic child that you do not live with, it may be hard to know what to buy an autistic child for Christmas.
If you are looking for unique Christmas gifts for an autistic child for Christmas here are a few suggestions. Remember to buy age appropriate toys and if you are not sure about a toy ask the parent or guardian.
Christmas gift ideas for autistic children
Sit and Spin – Some autistic children will rock and some autistic children will spin around in a circle. Some autistic children do both. A sit and spin will give the child the motion that he or she is craving and will give the parents peace of mind that the child is sitting down to spin.
Carousel – Any type of toy that goes around in a circle, even if it is a top, will delight an autistic child. Some autistic children do not like loud noises, but if the carousel or top plays music most autistic children will love it.
Puzzles – Puzzles are great for autistic children who need to develop fine motor skills. Autistic children develop slower than children without disabilities, so you may want to find a puzzle on the autistic child’s mental age level.
Trains – Autistic children absolutely love to watch motion. If a toy moves on its own, the child will sit and watch it. Most autistic children will even inspect it on every level as it moves. You want to make sure the toy does not have sharp objects or pieces that may stick out farther than most of the other parts.
Baby toys – Baby toys are good for younger autistic children. The toys are safe for the autistic child. The autistic child will like the toy if it has lights, music, and movement.
Squishy toys – Squishy toys are good for autistic children with sensory issues. Autistic children like exploring different textures. If you get a squishy toy, make sure the squishy toy is safe for children who still put objects in their mouths. Most autistic children will explore textures with their mouths as well as their hands.
Balls – Autistic children love balls. You can purchase big balls or little balls. Do not give a ball that will fit inside a mouth. The autistic child may still put objects in his or her mouth and the ball could be a choking hazard.
Building blocks – Any type of building block is a big hit with autistic children. Again, watch the size and shape of the block. If the blocks are too small they become potential choking hazards. Children love to build, if only to knock it down and rebuild it. The best types of building blocks for autistic children are the bigger foam building block. The blocks are soft and are not likely to be an easy choking hazard.
If all else fails and you run out of ideas, go to basics. An autistic child is a child. He or she will probably like lights, sounds, and movement. Autistic children love animated or moving toys. If you buy a thoughtful gift for an autistic child, he or she will be delighted.