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Toys for Kids on the Spectrum

By Shannon Penrod

‘Tis the season to talk about toys.  I don’t know what it’s like for parents who only have neurotypical kids, but in our house we make two lists; things my son wants and things we think will help him to learn and grow.  Then we try to meld the two lists together in a feat of budget desperation.  It’s not always perfect but we usually do okay.  I generally try to talk to other parents and see what has helped their kids, this is a great resource for toy ideas. 

I also watch what other kids have on play dates and what my son responds to.  A couple of years ago he went on a play date to a friend’s house and they had the Cranium game Hullabaloo.  I had been considering buying the one that came with a little console, my friend’s son had the DVD version and my son loved it.  For the first time ever he played with a friend instead of next to him.  I bought the game and years later it is still a favorite when friends come over. It builds listening skills, coordination, higher level thinking, sharing, space awareness and socialization skills.  And it’s fun, not bad for one little toy!

This week on Everyday Autism Miracles we are going to be talking about toys, toys, toys!  What’s good?  What’s educational?  What’s great for kids who put things in their mouths?  What’s a waste of money?   Can anyone tell me how to talk my son out of those battling hamsters? 

We have several different toy experts dropping by to offer their best suggestions and several of our interns will be offering up advice about what to get older kids on the spectrum.

If you have a toy that you want to recommend or tell parents to skip give us a call during the live show and share your story.  If you aren’t available for the live show but have a question or comment you can send it directly to me  The live show airs on every Friday at 2pm EST, 1pm Central, Noon Mountain Time and 11am Pacific Standard time.

For more information on Everyday Autism Miracles visit  free podcasts of all of our shows are available there and on iTunes.  To call into the live show, dial 877.864.4869


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Faith or Actions

by Eric Goldin


My name is Eric Goldin. I’m currently a college student who has Autism. I love to talk about my views on wide variety of topics. I especially love talking about politics, religion, and philosophy.  Getting into worldly discussions with people is a great passion for me. Today I want to talk about a religious topic. I’m not going to bash any religion. I’m not going to promote any religion. I just want to talk about my views today on a divide amongst Christians – those who believe Actions earn you a spot into Heaven, and those who believe only the good graces of God admits you into Heaven.

This is a very interesting topic for me. I’ve talked to a couple different Pastors and Theologians on the issue. It has come to my understanding that most mainstream Christians today believe every human being is rotten with sin and deserves condemnation to Hell, but only the good graces of God admits you into Heaven. However, there are a few Christians who believe actions and worldly deeds earn you a spot into Heaven. Both sides make sense to me and I want to give the pros and cons on both views.

First I want to talk about the Christians who believe the good graces of God admits you into Heaven. This makes perfect sense to me because every human being is a sinner by nature. Even the most morally righteous person does many bad things in their everyday life. I would like to think of myself as a good person – a person who deserves to go to Heaven on my own accord – but in reality I don’t deserve Heaven. I have done many bad things in my life. I have many selfish thoughts daily. I lust for things daily. I blame others for my short comings daily. It makes perfect sense that only God admits you into Heaven. However, I don’t believe faith alone can admit you into Heaven. I believe it takes something more – that’s where actions come in.

I mean, what good is it to call yourself a Christian if you don’t live a good lifestyle. I personally belive to be a Christian you have to help your fellow man and be helping of all mankind. I believe you have to help those in need and be a good humanitarian. I believe God looks at all the good works that you do and sees if you deserve to go to Heaven. However, there’s a problem with this. Even the best person in the world has sinned everyday of his life – has been selfish everyday of his life. It could be the good graces of God that admits you into Heaven.

Overall, there are many viewpoints on this issue. I think both viewpoints have much validity, but each one has a few cons. I personally tend to believe God looks at your actions on Earth and you earn a spot in Heaven. But I want to know what you think. Please leave a comment and leave your opinion.

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