Christmas is right around the corner, and if you're still stumped about what to get your kid this year, here are some more ideas that will appeal to kids with autism. (Check out my other list here!)
Cozy Sack Bean Bag Chair
Amazon has some great deals on these bean bag chairs, and they have very good reviews. They provide good pressure for laying on to watch movies or play on an iPad, and they are sturdy enough to withstand jumping on them like a crashpad. They also have a removable, machine washable cover. They come as large as 8 feet long! The best Amazon deals are on the 6-foot models.
Little People Take Turns Skyway Playset
We got the previous version of this skyway playset for Tosh when he was three, and at age seven he only recently was willing to let me throw it out. It got A LOT of use! He loved the visual stimulation of watching the cars wind down the ramps.
Gazillion Hurricane Bubble Machine
This one might be a little messy for indoor use, but if your kiddo loves bubbles, this toy is the coolest thing ever. We got it for Tosh's birthday one year and it worked really well. Only $11.05 at Walmart.
Kinetic spring toy
These are a big hit in Tosh's class as a fidget toy. If you haven't seen one yet, it's kind of like a Slinky you can wear like a bracelet and you can roll it up and down your arm. The link above is to Walmart, but you can find them all over, on Amazon and even the 99 cent store. Cool, inexpensive sensory toy.
Check out this YouTube video to see it in action.
Power Wheels Dune Racer
Just a couple of months ago, I didn't think Tosh had the coordination required to drive a ride-on vehicle. Then we went to a pumpkin patch and he proved me wrong. I mean, he was really good at it! A few weeks later, we went to another pumpkin patch with a friend of his who also has autism. He's three years younger and when he wanted to try, his parents were terrified. But wouldn't you know it, Tosh's friend hopped right in and drove like a champ.
Soooooo, this is just anecdotal, but it seems kids with autism are much better at hand-eye coordination than their parents think.
Walmart has some reasonably priced cars under $200 for kids up to age 8 or 65 pounds, like the dune racer above and this Power Wheels ATV shown below. Both have max speed options to keep your kid to only 2 MPH for safety.
If you have more money to spend ($500+), you can get even larger vehicles for kids up to age 10 and 150 pounds. Some have slow speed options of only 3.5 MPH, so they're definitely safer than a real ATV.
Happy shopping and Happy Holidays to all ASD families!
Heather Anderson is a natural health educator, writer, blissfully happy autism mom, fintech marketer and lover of life in Southern California.
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