people have autism today than they did in the 1980s, and the number of children with autism is on the rise. With more children with autism than ever before, that leaves a fair share of parents who are doing their best to make sure their children develop social skills, fine motor skills, and other critical skills. The good news is that there are plenty of Christmas gifts that can help kids do that. Here are just a few.
Gifts That Encourage Physical Activity
Several studies show that physical activity can help manage the symptoms of autism and improve important life skills, like fine motor skills and overall coordination. This Christmas, consider gifts that will get kids outside -- gifts like soft balls, soft Frisbees, and even gifts like inflatable armbands for swimming (under adult supervision, of course).
Sensory Products, Sensory Toys, And Sensory Gifts
Children with autism generally have difficulties processing sensory information. Sounds may sound too loud, even light touches may seem suffocating, and colors may appear too bright. Treating these symptoms and helping kids properly process sensory information relies on exposing them to sensory products and toys in a calm, controlled setting. For that reason, sensory balls, sensory ball pits, and brightly colored cocoon swings make perfect gifts for autistic children.
Calming Gifts For Kids With Autism
Finally, because kids with autism may get overwhelmed or anxious, even small calming gifts can be a comfort year-round. "Common soothing attributes to look for include weight, gentle massaging, vibration, rhythmic sound, rhythmic visuals, and a soft tactile surface," National Autism Resources writes. Gifts like weighted blankets, weighted vests and Snuggies, and even soft, weighted stuffed animals produce a calming effect and make great gifts for autistic sons, daughters, and relatives.
There are plenty of gifts to purchase for autistic children this holiday season. Consider sensory gifts that will help develop important processing skills, calming gifts that will produce a soothing effect, or even soft balls and swimmies to encourage kids to stay active and play.