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domineekee
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09 Dec 2018, 5:34 pm

Have you had any good ideas?



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09 Dec 2018, 5:37 pm

Pokemon.
More Pokemon.
Pokemon.

And some stuff related to their personal special interests


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09 Dec 2018, 10:58 pm

Things related to their special interests.


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09 Dec 2018, 11:20 pm

How old are the children?
Or is this in general?


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09 Dec 2018, 11:30 pm

Tactile plushie
Glow in the dark anything
Kinetic sand
Expanding foam shapes
Microscope kit
Weighted lap pad or plushie
Spinner ring
Marble drop toys
Train set
Mini trampoline
Hammock or Lycra hanging pod


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10 Dec 2018, 2:29 am

Beginner's electronics kit for kids, something like this https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14316
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10 Dec 2018, 2:36 am

You can't go wrong with something related to their special interest or an obsession.

Or just a toy that would be up their alley


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10 Dec 2018, 5:23 am

Raleigh wrote:
How old are the children?
Or is this in general?

It's general. I like all the answers, thanks.



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10 Dec 2018, 5:47 am

Ignore gender. If the child is old enough, ignore age (like if it's a teenager) so long as you're not buying NSFW stuff. For eg if there's a reference book at uni level on a teen's specialist interest, they might like it (I did). On the other hand, if a teen still likes dolls again buy them (I liked that all my childhood/teen years/adult years so far). To be honest so long as you remember 'this is for a child' and safety, you can ignore age anyway as autistic children develop differently - but do get them toys and children's things if s/he's an under 12 yo.
Instead, focus on interests. Everyone is an individual and this goes for autistic people (including children) even more so! All my favourite people for presents get to know me and buy based on that relationship, either things we have in common or things they know I like.
Because of that I'm being purposefully vague here. You know the kid. What is their specialist interest? Or how do you bond with them - go to museums or the library etc? Was there an exhibit you two liked? Or, breaking stereotype, a sporting match? Buy them something based on that. If you don't know anything about them and they're autistic, do them a favour and don't buy them stuff. I hate Christmas cos I get gifts from people I don't know. I always hated that (except Santa, he always seemed to get the gift right).
If you're playing the part of 'Santa' you can save money by buying them the same amount of gifts as their age. I loved that as a kid and it saved mum buying over 6 or so gifts.



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10 Dec 2018, 5:50 am

CockneyRebel wrote:
Things related to their special interests.

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10 Dec 2018, 7:55 am

I agree with CockneyRebel. Anything related to their special interest is great. For me, you can't go wrong with anything cat related.



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10 Dec 2018, 8:00 am

Cat


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10 Dec 2018, 6:16 pm

No more ABA and a replacement with something better.


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10 Dec 2018, 6:32 pm

ASPartOfMe wrote:
No more ABA and a replacement with something better.


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And maybe a service dog attached to this idea.


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11 Dec 2018, 9:19 am

Stim toys and fidget things are always nice. Stimtastic.co has good examples of those. If the kid is old enough gift cards especially if there is a store, video game, or restaurant they really like. If you're going to go for clothes go for something soft, tagless, and not scratchy.



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12 Dec 2018, 10:07 am

Animal therapy of any kind-those used specifically for therapy and pets as well