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successful presents thread

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creamteas Wed 26-Dec-12 10:41:58

Presents are always difficult for my ASD DC, but I had a couple that really worked this tear grin. I thought a thread like this might be useful for future inspiration. In our house, the presents of the year are:

A battery tester
Key ring with measuring tape
Set of bus postcards

How about you?

ArthurPewty Wed 26-Dec-12 10:43:14

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MummytoMog Wed 26-Dec-12 10:57:01

ELC Happyland rocket - both kids love it. Should have bought two. Rats.

WeWilsonAMerryChristmas Wed 26-Dec-12 11:16:20

Hex bug habitat. And also the Xbox with kinect. But if I'd known what a hit the hex bugs would have been, I would have bought a bigger one of them and not bought the Xbox this year - also its maybe been too much of a hit IYSWIM, I foresee many battles over screen time.

Excavate a dinosaur kit, five hours of chipping away at a block to get a plastic dinosaur bones set to build but she loved it.

ouryve Wed 26-Dec-12 11:33:57

DS! is easy - Lego. He loves his lego ideas book, too. And is amused by his bananagrams.

DS2 is much harder, but we nailed it, this year.

Things he loves include V-tech Dinos (though he won't let us turn them into Dinos for him - they have to remain cars), a liquid timer (he spent a lot of yesterday mesmerised by that) and his mini table football. He can't play it, but he was running around with the balls between his toes and likes using his hands to push the ball into the goal. He also did his ITNG jigsaw as soon as we opened it and he likes the bit off the front of his Gup X. We've deliberately gone for things that he's been transfixed by in the shops. Oh - and the laces out of his lace up cards have gone to join the rest of his collection of laces. He's not so fussed about the cards grin

ArthurPewty Wed 26-Dec-12 11:46:02

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creamteas Wed 26-Dec-12 11:55:30

Lego used to be good here, but, as usual, over night it went from the only toy that would be played with to the redundant pile.

Love the laces collection, we never had one of those grin

I can't imagine what life would be like without technology though, now they are older it is just their laptops and mobiles, but not sure how they would manage without them. Being able to get answers by text when they are not communicating verbally has been a godsend

DD2 got a laptop (amongst other stuff)

Her favourite present however is a McFly autobiography and a microwave crisp maker.

chocjunkie Wed 26-Dec-12 12:09:57

octonauts memory game grin. by far the most successful present.been playing it non stop since yesterday morning.

marchduck Wed 26-Dec-12 12:50:59

Leonie - every year my DM has bought my DD a particular brand of doll from France for Christmas. She does like them but doesn't play with them as such, she just takes their clothes off and puts my oven gloves on them so they can go to sleep. Only the oven gloves though - nothing else will do as a blanket.
This year my DM appears to have given up - she bought her a lovely hat, glove and scarf set and a jigsaw instead!

proudmum74 Wed 26-Dec-12 13:05:49

Hands down, a white poodle handbag with hot pink jacket, similar to this . DD has been taking it for walks round the house for the past 24 hrs! smile

Strongecoffeeismydrug Wed 26-Dec-12 14:14:53

An easel and a whiteboard pen smile
The boy won't usually even pick up a pen and he's never drawn or written anything before but he's wrote the numbers 1,2,3,7,8 and 11 on his easelsmile
I'm in absolute blooming happy shock smile

ChristmasTreegles Wed 26-Dec-12 14:44:18

6yo DS2 was thrilled with his Kiddizoom VTech camera. However, we bought a less expensive one for DS3 (3yo) as he didn't seem interested in the games and such that the Kiddizoom has. The less expensive camera was... well... it was pretty awful, which we didn't really see until it was opened properly.

We were telling DS3 that we would buy him one like DS2's over the weekend, when DS2 very kindly offered to let DS3 have HIS new camera and wait until the weekend for that one. shock DS2 is not one for waiting, so this was a shock. He's also not one for just giving stuff to DS3, so again we were surprised. It was such a sweet thing - he handed it to DS3 and said "here you go, DS3, you can have this one." smile

I'm sure it doesn't hurt that we now have the Nexus that he can play with sometimes, but he's just being very patient about the camera. He's looking forward to getting his but happy for DS3 to have his. Both the same cameras, so that's not an issue.

Of course, that's the ONLY thing he is being patient about. Weird, eh? He's still very NOW NOW NOW on everything else. confused

MyAngelChuckles Wed 26-Dec-12 15:43:32

How sweet of your DS3 ChristmasTreegles smile

Brought DS (6) loads this xmas, but his fave by far has been a second hand Lego Star Wars game for the xbox, rest has hardly been touched grin

MovingOnNow Wed 26-Dec-12 16:43:05

A very disgusting game called Doggie Doo. Taking turns, clapping, high fives and squeals of "it's disgusting!" from my five year old. Lovely to see him come. Out of his shell after a very introverted couple of days :-)

MovingOnNow Wed 26-Dec-12 16:43:57

... come out of his shell

Please someone tell me how to get rid of autocorrect !

cocolepew Wed 26-Dec-12 16:52:39

I'd love a microwave crisp maker envy

Xmasexclusion Wed 26-Dec-12 17:22:01

Loads of components so ds can make his own pc hmm

CwtchesAndCuddles Wed 26-Dec-12 18:35:29

Woody and buzz dressing up clothes (toy story obsessed)

Fireman sam transformer type toy - changes from sam to fire engine.

DS is 5 with ASD/LD

StarOfLightMcKings3 Wed 26-Dec-12 18:45:36

Whoopee cusion!

Crawling Wed 26-Dec-12 18:57:28

dd asd age 3 has not put her furby down not even to sleep. She loves owls and we knew she would think of it as a baby owl she loves it.

Badvoc Thu 27-Dec-12 11:00:39

Harmonica from mil
(Weeps)

moosemama Thu 27-Dec-12 13:21:20

Lego Ninjago Character Encylopedia

Vintage Pokemon lcd pokedex and game

Paradox Box - although he completed it within a couple of hours

and of course .... the Wii.

moosemama Thu 27-Dec-12 13:22:29

Ooo Badvoc - a harmonica! <winces> <passes superstrength earplugs>

creamteas Thu 27-Dec-12 13:23:18

bad my sympathy, one of my NT DC was given a harmonica (it kept getting lost grin)

FanjoTimeMammariesAndWine Thu 27-Dec-12 13:38:43

Nothing, sadly!

Badvoc Thu 27-Dec-12 13:43:57

Thank you...trying to cheer myself up with the thought that they may become harmonica maestros smile

Peppa pig dvd (ds3 speech delay). I can sing the bing bang song from memory now!

FanjoTimeMammariesAndWine Thu 27-Dec-12 14:40:27

yay I spoke too soon,..a late present just arrived ..a "Squirting Squid" which is like a syringe which sucks up water and skooshes it out, she is LOVING it and is soaking

JustPondering Thu 27-Dec-12 16:56:33

DS 10, plane obsessed absolutely LOVES his PC flight simulator game and flight stick, also his pilots hat and badge and his book of flight facts.

StarOfLightMcKings3 Thu 27-Dec-12 17:01:36

Santa 'bought' ds a voucher for 10 hours on Google Earth!

Badvoc Fri 28-Dec-12 11:26:10

Oh, and iPod shuffle!
Have downloaded some audiobooks on it for him.
Also the book of paper planes that cost about £3...sad

wasuup3000 Fri 28-Dec-12 12:56:48

"" It's a pillow, it's a pet, it's a pillowpet"" on repeat throughout the day......

lougle Fri 28-Dec-12 13:32:56

DD1 -a rain stick.She adores the sound.

DD2-a beside cabinet and lamp.

imogengladhart Fri 28-Dec-12 15:56:53

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kinkyfuckery Fri 28-Dec-12 16:00:52

I got my ADHD DD1 (7) the uDraw tablet for the PS3, with the Instant Artist software. Seems to have been a hit, she used it for about 1/2 hr earlier on before zooming away to do something else!

kinkyfuckery Fri 28-Dec-12 16:02:17

Also, she was given a coupld of cracker 'gifts' on Xmas day, one being those two links you have to try to separate, and fortune telling fish - she had great fun going round the table trying them out on everyone.

Badvoc Fri 28-Dec-12 21:16:14

Imogen...you bought the harmonics!!?
In the name of god, why!?
smile
My dc have the udraw tablet too but tbhh they have had so much they haven't got round to playing it yet!
Sorry to hear of the wiped photos sad

ScramblyEgg Fri 28-Dec-12 21:35:12

Badvoc & Imogen, it could be worse than harmonicas.

Like an accordion, which I bought DS, and he loves. Gah!

Badvoc Fri 28-Dec-12 21:35:28

smile

imogengladhart Fri 28-Dec-12 21:35:39

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Tiggles Fri 28-Dec-12 22:17:18

I picked up some Zhu Zhu hamsters and a whole load of armour and assault courses really cheaply, been a massive hit with ASD DS2 (6) and NT DS3 (4). Also the Switch and Go dinos have been played with loads by both of them. DS2 has spent hours with all his bakugan but they are his obsession so not surprising really. He doesn't play the 'proper' game with them, but loves just opening and closing them.
No harmonicas here, but DS1 very happy with his paper jam guitar and drumkit...

ThreeBoostsOneGalaxy Fri 28-Dec-12 22:38:55

The ones he is carrying around with him everywhere are the hex bug and the koosh.

ThreeBoostsOneGalaxy Fri 28-Dec-12 22:39:51

Like this only in green:
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koosh_ball

A very small wind-up frog that flips a little somersault. Also a little dog. Also an ELC shape picture making magnetic thing (it has large magnetic shapes and a wooden board, plus some shape pictures to overlay on the board. She just loves matching things, what can I say? grin.

RinkyDinkyDoo Sun 30-Dec-12 19:47:51

Ali Baba- like Buckeroo and Monkey Madness. DH and myself did lots of shouting- "OOOOHHH there goes the camel" and "OOOOOHHH Monkey Madness" and tickling during the games which made them very popular- we've just played the 2 games for over an hour,much giggling going on. Also a thing that releases purple liquid blobs that spiral down and Mike the Knights castle.

osospecial Sun 30-Dec-12 21:35:56

Imogengladhart - have you tried taking it to a computer expert/repair place? They can sometimes retrieve lost things from pcs not sure about tablets but worth a go?
My dds best presents have been her bean bag and slinky toy
She did love her fish bubble lamp but that only lasted 3 days before she tipped it over,it broke and spilt 7.5 litres of water all over the dining room floor shock

we didn't do so well this year...most things unwrapped and untouched. He did watch the dvd and had me read him the spongbob book but thats about it unfortunately.

MurkyMinotaur Mon 31-Dec-12 12:06:39

As an autistic young adult, my best present has been old catalogues, from eBay, that feature my special interest.

Thought I'd mention the idea, in case it's a useful idea for another year or for a birthday idea.

Also, has anyone bought their children a Hoberman Sphere? They are brilliant for repeatedly opening and closing and have a scientific 'cool' factor. A little delicate for some children though.

I'm not sure whether it's ok to mention stores, but you might like 'SpaceKraft' and 'Office Playground' for sensory based toys.

ThreeBoostsOneGalaxy Mon 31-Dec-12 12:45:55

MurkyMinotaur: DS2 loves Hoberman spheres and also enjoys the Expandagon construction set. It's difficult to find but we found some on eBay.

MurkyMinotaur Mon 31-Dec-12 13:26:25

ThreeBoostsOneGalaxy: I googled Expandagon. I hadn't heard of it before. It looks cool.

I think 'Stranz' balls (a variation of the 'Oball', made by Rhino toys) are great too. It doesn't expand like a hoberman sphere, it's just a ball, but it squashes and crushes and pings back while it looks like it's made of silly string.

2006hildy Thu 03-Jan-13 00:02:22

DS aged 6 ASD delayed expressive language.

Without a doubt Ipad for his birthday. They are so versatile and have stopped several meltdowns, I could go on with hundreds of reasons why to get one.

Without a doubt Abney and Teal picture books x 2 for Xmas, carries with him everywhere. It's one of his special interests.

Of course, nice to see value of present does not motivate him at all.

ouryve Thu 03-Jan-13 18:51:12

Well, we've had some more successes.

My sis hunted high and low and eventually chose a fire engine which opens out into a road with all sorts of twists and turns on it, and some quite well made tiny little die cast cars. He loves it, has amazed us with his ability to open and close it and has been trying to put it together, though it is quite fiddly, so can't do it by himself.

He got £30 in money from SIL and MIL. He'd been playing with his ancient hand-me-down leapster quite a lot, but the screen had dead pixels and he couldn't do anything but the colouring in, as the other onboard games were too complicated and he wouldn't keep cartridges in. He has an original leappad, but it's so ridiculously slow that he loses patience and the drawing program is pants. So we took advantage of one of the Amazon boxing day deals and got him a Leapster GS for £27. He doesn't bother with the drawing tool we've put on it, but likes making the camera count down and he's actually learnt to play one of the games - Attack of the Sillies! All he hasn't really got the hang of is shaking it in between levels to get the sillies through the portal.

Yes, it's probably only on an SN board that somoene would be so ridiculously happy that their DC can play an electronic game.

Doraemon Thu 03-Jan-13 19:10:47

Top Trumps a hit, as always, DS1 will happily spend a long time ranking them according to various criteria. Needle felting kit as long as I do it with him. And a Geography Facts book my BIL sent him, basically a list of every country in the world with various statistics - we have been using it to play a 'guess the country' game (DS1 beats me very easily.....) and he has also started copying out the key statistics onto A4 paper. He does love a list.....

troutsprout Fri 04-Jan-13 06:44:24

For ds ( 15asd) a clothes folder like this
smile

chuckeyegg Fri 04-Jan-13 06:52:25

Remote controlled tarantula spider. smile

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