By Rachelle Vaughn, Center Manager
As a parent of a child with autism, who graduated from Cornerstone in January, I always struggle with what to get my son for Christmas. He, like many children with autism, sticks to his main staples and seems uninterested or even unphased with new gifts, no matter how much thought or money I put into them.
Through the years, I’ve had success using the websites below and buying several of the gifts on this list. I’ve found that the best gifts are usually encompassing something my child likes in addition to something that will help him with growing his language, fulfilling his sensory needs or improving his motor skills.
I hope these quick ideas will help make your holiday shopping easy and successful!
Some of my favorite sites to shop from are:
Amazon.com – Amazon always has plenty of items to choose from, search lists by age and gender as well as Prime shipping!
Hearthsong.com — This has a lot of out-of-the-box ideas and well-made items. There is a nice range of categories and their Holiday Guide is always updated and fun!
FunandFunction.com — I love that this site is sensory-forward and seems to keep children with autism and other developmental disabilities in mind.
Top 10 Fan Favorites at all of our centers:
Ideas for teens:
This year, for my children, I want to focus more on activities and experiences. I’ve learned that though these things may seem expensive up front, they are long lasting memories and skills that my children can keep in lieu of a toy or item they will outgrow. These are also great ideas for grand-parents or aunts and uncles that struggle with what to get your children each year. To make the gift more “exciting” up front, since they aren’t receiving something tangible, you can print a picture, create a social story or purchase a book that talks more about what you will be doing.
I hope this list was helpful for you and at least sparked some creative ideas to use on your own individual child’s gifts this year. Never hesitate to reach out to your BCBA for more individualized ideas of what your child enjoys around our center. Happy Holidays!
November 23, 2020, Rachelle Vaughn