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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The live show airs on www.toginet.com every Friday at 2pm EST, 1pm Central, Noon Mountain Time and 11am Pacific Standard time.
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