6 of the Best Christmas Gifts to Keep Your Kid Active This Season
by Caroline Kastner
The silly season is upon us, and that means last minute shopping, piles of wrapping paper and indulging in all those delicious Christmas treats.
It’s an exciting time for any family, but buying an appropriate gift for a child with autism can sometimes be tough. Something that other kids will love makes might terrify an autistic child.
Here are six of the best gifts to get your child to keep them happy, active, stimulated and comfortable this Christmas season:
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A therapy net swing is a great gift to calm your restless autistic child. It envelopes the child’s whole body, making them feel safe and secure while the movement of swinging back and forth stimulates their vestibular system. It’s the perfect gift to get your child out of the house while creating a relaxing environment they can enjoy for many years to come.
The sounds, sights, and feelings of being out in Mother Nature is great therapy for children, and the best part is it won’t cost you a cent. Keep your child warm on all your outdoor adventures with this insulated North Face baby jacket. It’s the perfect gift for your little intrepid adventurer this holiday season.
The Monkey Balance Board is an excellent gift to encourage physical activity. Balance boards are beneficial for children with autism because it helps them to improve their coordination, balance and gain strength in their legs. Not only will your child love the swaying movement of the board, but you can take this gift anywhere and give your child hours of fun as they improve their muscle tone and balance.
It is no secret that autistic children love toys that stimulate their senses. This JumpSmart Trampoline will do all that and more! It’s an easy to use indoor exercise toy that will delight your child with its range of fun learning games and songs as they jump along. It is the perfect active gift to keep your autistic child active indoors during the cold festive season while helping them to learn animal sounds and improving their memory with games like Memory Match.
If you are looking to splurge this festive season and upgrade your autistic child’s sensory room – look no further than the Action Room. Complies with ASTM and International Safety Standards and comes with 11 built-in activities filled with opportunities to explore active movement and self-regulation. The sensory room comes with a climbing wall, rope wall, ring monkey bars, slide, ball pit and multiple points for swing suspension.
If 11 is not enough for you, there is also the advanced Action Room that comes with 25 physical, emotional and behavioral tools. Whichever one you chose, your little one will be kept busy for hours as the tackle this course while stimulating their senses.
Autistic children will love climbing and down this challenging, yet fun outdoor ladder. While using it, they will learn about motor planning, strengthening their grip and where they are in space. If you are worried about your child falling, you can stand on the 2′ tails to keep the ladder in place as they climb. This ladder is a great edition to any autistic household that will boost confidence and improve your child’s balancing skills.
All Kids Love to Play and Explore New Things
Autistic children are just like any other child their age. They love to play and explore new things – their approaches are just slightly different. Finding that perfect Christmas gift may be more difficult, but it is certainly worth the effort once your autistic child lights up with fun and engaging stimulation from these above toys.
Which of these great Christmas gifts are you going to get for your active autistic child this holiday season?
About the Author:
Caroline is a freelance writer from Los Angeles , has been a mom of two wonderful little boys. When she isn’t blogging or campaigning to for the Mom of the Year award, you can find her binge watching Netflix and getting lost between the pages of a good book.