It’s the Holiday season, and we here @Opya plan to share tips throughout the next month from experts to help you have a stress-free holiday season as possible. Today’s tip comes from @NationalAutismResources.
Toys for Autistic Children and Teens
Buying a toy or gift for someone on the autism spectrum can be challenging. During the holidays we receive many calls asking our product specialists for gift advice. Based on these questions our product specialists have put together this guide to help you choose the best gifts for kids, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum.
Often individuals on the spectrum have strong interests in a certain topic. If this is the case books or gift items that relate to their interests are always a hit. However, this can be difficult depending on the interest. If your loved one has a very specific interest start shopping early for their gift.
Keep in mind an autistic person’s developmental ability rather than their age.
Consider Buying a Calming Gift
Kids and teens on the spectrum often deal with the challenges of unexpected events, miscommunication, and overwhelming sensory experiences. Their sensory threshold can be lower than the general population and daily experiences can be painful or very tiring. Calming gifts are often well received and are very enjoyable. Some calming gift ideas include vibrating items, soothing visual items such as spiral timers, and rhythmic moving motion lamps. A soothing gift is not only enjoyable but can also make life easier for the whole family.
Slow, repetitive motion items are visually engaging and calming. Our most popular visual items include:
- The Jellyfish Lamp slowly changes colors as two large jellyfish slowly swim through the water.
- The Cosmic Cloud Lamp slowly changes colors as clouds and glitter swirl around.
- The Moon Light slowly changes colors as you watch it.