I recently ended up having the word Autism come into my life. My mom used to babysit for a kid who was Autistic, but I didn’t think I’d ever have to shop for a Gift for Boys with Autism. It turns out one of my friends sons has Autism and now I need to buy a gift for boys with Autism. I did some research and asked a few people and here is what I found out about how to shop and buy gifts for boys with Autism.
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1. Does the gift solve the specific issue for the child.
The gift is only as good as it can help him. Talk to his parents and see what normally works. If he needs to calm down or has outbursts, weighted vests or blankets can be life savers. If he has trouble sitting still and focusing, sitting wedges and fidgets can potentially help with this. For toys and gifts for boys with Autism, think about the same things. How can the toy be fun so he’ll actually use and play with it and how can it solve an issue for him. Is it a game like Blunders that will help with social skills and communications while also being fun, or is it a cool lamp like the tranquil turtle that may help him calm down at night and fall asleep with the soothing colors and lights it projects. Find something that he’ll actually use and play with, that also solves a problem for him and you have an awesome gift.
2. Don’t worry about the age on the box.
Even if the gift is for someone 5 years younger, he may be developmentally at that level, or the toy could still be beneficial and entertaining for him. Think about his developmental age and not the age on the box and find something that is appropriate that way. You will want to ask his parents first just to double check before you buy the gift so that they don’t get mad you bought something more advanced or well below his age range. Sometimes seeing a gift is for little kids could upset him as well.
3. Make sure it is safe.
One thing you’ll want to do if he is opening presents is to make sure the toy you bought him is safe. In order for the toy to be safe you need to try and make sure it cannot be easily thrown or he can’t hit and hurt someone with it. It shouldn’t be able to be used to hurt him and there shouldn’t be things on it that he can use to possibly hurt someone else by accident if he has an outburst. Safety isn’t just age appropriate for toys, it’s also knowing the kid who is getting the gift and knowing what types of outbursts they have, how they react to different environments and also knowing what helps to keep them calm and happy.
I’m not a doctor and I don’t have any kids of my own, this is just from me reading online and finding what I think are good tips for shopping for toys for boys with Autism. If you need to buy gifts for Autistic Boys, click on the banner above or look at the widgets below. You’ll find a ton of fabulous gift ideas and if you click through to the store, you’ll be able to purchase those toys and a ton more. Thank you again for reading and if you have any other tips on buying gifts for boys with Autism, please feel free to share them below.