One of the best parts of being a child is the lack of true responsibility. Sure, they receive chores from their parents, they have schoolwork to do, but they aren’t rushing out day by day to work from 9 to 5 to provide for themselves. Just about everything a child comes into contact with is given to them, from food to clothing to experiences, by those close to them. And at certain times throughout the year, whether it be a birthday or a more publicly-celebrated holiday, children commonly find themselves showered with gifts. It isn’t always simple to shop for children, since each child is different from the next. When thinking of gifts for children with Autism, there are many different paths to go down to help ensure they benefit from your thoughtful gift.
What is your fondest memory of going to school as a child? Was it a field trip? The cafeteria? While these options are fun, you most likely answered recess time. Think of this in relation to work that you currently do: somewhere around halfway through your typical work day, you take a bit of a break to eat, walk around, or anything that helps you bridge the gap between a productive morning and afternoon.
By Susan Donohoe, OTR/L
Many children on the Autism spectrum are hypersensitive to touch. This can include hypersensitivity to certain fabrics or surfaces. Sensory difficulties are individual to each child. Some may be mildly affected, while others have greater difficulty functioning in life.