Holiday Gift Buying Tips For A Child With ASD
The most wonderful time of the year is here.
It's the holiday season, and people are busy finding the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Cookies are being baked, family is visiting, and everyone is in good spirits. But when it comes to finding the perfect gift for your special child, it’s never easy to find a gift that combines quality with the potential for long-term play.
While you may be tempted to buy your child the latest gadget or toy, all they really want is a soft toy they saw in the shop or a pair of colorful socks. As parents, we often feel obligated to give our children what our own parents could not. We also feel the need to make sure that siblings are treated equally.
Such things often do not occupy the attention of our autistic children. They see things as comfort, or they may have a particular special interest or passion.
Some children may be overwhelmed by many gifts in reality. It can be difficult to understand and the sensory overload can be overwhelming. It is far better to listen to your child than be consumed with equity and fairness. Regardless of size and price, your child may find joy in receiving gifts they really want.
A few things to note:
Keep in mind the child's interests and developmental stage. If they love a certain character or sport, for example, find something that includes that. Or if they are intrigued by a certain sensory experience, such as fluffy or smooth items, gifts from those categories.
The only rule we need to remember is that there are no rules. Establish new traditions in your family and tell your family and friends about your family's needs with confidence. It is not a competition. Rather, it is a time to celebrate the uniqueness and personality of everyone.
Keep in mind an autistic person's developmental ability rather than their age!
It's the holiday season, and people are busy finding the perfect gifts for their loved ones. While you may be tempted to buy your child the latest gadget or toy, keep in mind your child's level of development and what currently holds their interest and attention.