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Autism & Presents Don’t Always Mix

Don’t you just hate it when people ask you, “so what do you want for birthday or Christmas?” and you have absolutely no idea what to tell them?

Huh? That’s never happened to you?  That’s a foreign concept to you because you always have an itemized Wish List ready for birthdays and holidays?

I would imagine that many of us have a Wish List or could put one together at a moment’s notice.

I know my 4-year-old daughter has one…that’s for sure.  She wants matching doll and girl clothes, some toy horse, a harmonica, some running shoes…and just about anything else she can think of.  My wife has absolutely no difficulty when relatives or friends inquire about gift ideas for Margaret.

Our son, William, is another story.  William just turned seven in November and here comes Christmas…and he has autism.

It really stresses my wife out during this season when people ask, “what can we get William for a present?”

Why is that so hard?

Because William pretty much doesn’t like presents.  How crazy is that to say about a 7-year-old boy?  But it’s true.  He has his favorites…mini-trampoline (we’ve discussed that previously), he got a po-go stick recently and seems to enjoy that, he loves to climb on the monkey bars (you should see how torn up his hands are), and that’s pretty much it.

We have a closet full of cars, Legos, puzzles, games, animals…all that he will take a look at and maybe will tap-tap-tap on from time-to-time…but he just doesn’t get into presents!

And that’s OKAY.  Parents out there who are in this situation…it’s okay.  Celebrate the items your child likes to play with.  Celebrate if they like odd and strange things more than they like cars and video games.  Celebrate when your child actually finds an object to carry around (William used to carry this car around, didn’t really play with it but just carried it around and pushed the noise button…drove me CRAZY!)  

No…it’s not typical and parents, grandparents, relatives won’t understand.  But who cares.  It’s not about them, it’s not about YOU, it’s about your child.  If your child is happy playing with a paper towel tube, then let them play with a paper towel tube.

We have started getting board games and memory games and things that William likes (enough) but that we can do as a family.  He’ll play for a little while then lose interest and go back to the mini-trampoline…and that’s okay.

So don’t stress…when someone asks, “What can I get your child with autism for a present?” don’t worry about it.  If they need clothes, get them clothes, if they need basic items, have them get the basic items.

Most of all, make sure your child is happy, knows they’re loved, and knows that they are special.

Enjoy!

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The Second Greatest Invention for the Autism World

I had a lot of fun and good feedback regarding my previous post on The Greatest Invention For The Autism World…as was discussed, it’s the digital timer…and so I have decided to continue my award-winning series and will help to identify each and every great invention for the Autism World.

Here goes…

The SECOND greatest invention the Autism World has ever seen…the mini-tramp.  No that is not a short hooker on the corner of State and Main…it’s the mini-trampoline!

Again…some may say, “well that’s so basic and boring,” and you’re correct…BUT REMEMBER…this is not the list of the greatest inventions of all time…this is for the world of those with autism.

Why is the mini-tramp so important?  Because it just is.  My 6-year-old son is going to have the most amazing calf muscles as he gets older because he will jump and jump and jump for hours, days, constantly.

From my understanding, those on the Spectrum need a “release.”  You see a lot of stemming, hand flapping, tapping, fidgeting that either soothes them or gives them a sensation that is helpful.  My son used to flap and now he’s a big tapper (drives me CRAZY!!!)…but beyond that, he is a fanatical jumper on the mini-trampoline.

And when I say fanatical…I mean…he’s six and we’ve already had to REPLACE one trampoline.  Yep…replace it!

We have the mini-tramp in the middle of the living room.  At one time we tried to discourage it and tried to keep it outside–because who really wants a trampoline in their living room?–but you know what, it helps him.  It soothes him.  It is good for the entire family…well except the dog but that’s another story.

It sure beats jumping on the couch or bed or siblings!

So if you are looking for an item to get your child on the Spectrum…if you are having issues with additional energy and your child needs some release…go and get the Second Greatest Invention Ever (for the Autism World) and invest in a min-trampoline…trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

To read more blogs from Seth and TheFowler4Group, check out their Website (www.lookatmyeyes.com) and while you’re there, buy a copy of their book, “Look At My Eyes”.  Or find them on YouTube.  To contact TheFowler4 Group email: info@thefowler4group.com