Buying presents for teenagers can be tough! Add in an Autism diagnosis, and you may be left wonder what is the perfect gift. Autistic children express themselves differently and may like different things, but they are children all the same! The trendy new movies, video games, and hot topics are always a great place to start.
Autistic teens can benefit greatly from socialization games. Autism spectrum disorder includes a wide range of abilities and disabilities, with social disability being the most prominent, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Autism is believed to have genetic predisposition that can be influenced either positively or negatively by environment. Socialization games can help train teens to become more comfortable and skilled in social situations.
What parent doesn't watch their "tween" become a teen without a twinge of anxiety? Factor autism into the equation, and parents may well wonder how the physical and hormonal changes of adolescence will affect their child on the spectrum. How will typical teenage rebellion look in someone who struggles with behavioral control?
Children enjoy diving hands first into play experiences. Completing the tasks of building blocks, working a puzzle, and drawing pictures will yield skills that the child will use throughout his lifetime. Occupational therapists are fortunate enough to be a critical part of the treatment team for children with special needs. It is a fun job to have indeed! Remember that children are wired to use their senses to develop skills during play.