DS3 will be 5 in 3 weeks, has significant asd, sld and poss adhd. He is non verbal, still wears nappies and extremely big for his age (wearing age 8-9 clothes). I have no clue what to get him for his birthday! He already has a bike, a scooter, garages, a tv/dvd player and various other small toys, which he does play with. I have a budget of around £80, all ideas welcome. He loves animals and dinosaurs and loves sensory items.
a big trampoline for the garden 10ft inc enclosure from asda slightly more at £99 but brill for sensory and balance and helps them sleep as knackers them out summers here well not today it seems but great all that fresh air
That sound really good, we were thinking of going to the zoo rather than a farm as we have done that to death! I love the idea of making him a book, he has just stated going to the library with schol and really like books. Thank you
we bought dd a doll's house - and used it for modelling situations with her, and working out different rooms/furniture etc (never miss an opportunity )
the toy kitchen gets played with a lot too - some good role play/modelling can be done there, as well as talking about foods/taking turns etc. we have a had a couple of surprising moments when eg dd1 has asked to try lettuce because it is in all the pretend sandwiches that dd2 makes (she didn't like it, but she did try it!)
I know mine are girls, and yours are boys, but I found the social aspects of these toys really good
I would second the play kitchen [mine is very male and 6], and loves cooking with his little sister and the buttons are great.....we tried baby lettuce [which was actually coriander but hey it was NEW] as a result with no prompting from anyone....
One thing we are doing at the moment which might go down well is creating an address book of people we know. Mine likes letters and is now verbal [but wasn't at 3] and loves this.....basically he has a cheap address book and under D for Daddy there is a picture of dh and some facts like my name is, likes nuts, plays football with me etc... One entry for each person pet etc....he takes it into school and we read it like a bedtime story together at night. VERY popular. I am planning a filofax next year because then we can put in pamphlets from places we like to go too.
Marble run, anything with lots of little people/animals, wii , egg timers, newtons balls, videos, basket ball net [there is a fisher price one with a bell that is fab], balloons, paddling pool, sand pit and cars, fish in a tank, night light that makes patterns on the ceiling...hungry hippos, feel'n'find, elephant butterfly game from argos...
perhaps a bit OTT but a second hand iTouch (go for around £80 on ebay) ?
I have an iPad which has been amazing for DS who is only 3 and is a whizz on it. He loves looking at photos of the family and LOVES videos of himself and his little sister as well as all the amazing apps out there that encourage speech and receptive language. It has really engaged him, gives me a break when he is having down time with it and works even better when I sit down and talk things through with him As much as I love the iPad sometimes I wish it was smaller for DS to sit with and was 'his'
dd1 used one from about the age of 4 or so, and got on great with it. she now has an ipad through school: woudl agree with toppy that sometimes smaller is easier, but my first itouch went missing, never to be seen again, when dh & I were distracted by the world cup England/Germany match last year. dd1 had the ipod, to give us a bit of peace - and I have no idea where she put it! have searched and searched the playroom, but to no avail. really quite bizarre.
<I have now wised up, and have apps where you can set alarms to ring etc, but jsut thought I'd add a word of caution >
Does he like things that light up, and have buttons to press? My DS1 (severe ASD and LD, non-verbal) seems to love V-tech toys. He is currently obsessed with the alphabet and loves this toy he had for xmas VTech Phonics desk. It has the voice of Justin from Something Special too. We have an Ipad but he is not that interested, DS2 (2.5) loves it though!
My Ds1 is very similar to your Ds. Things he has liked are moon in my room moon sand, marble runs, a guitar, a Walkman, colour doodle, a foam mirror, what I bought for his 6th birthday was quadrilla marble run which is quite good but falls down quite easily.
Ooo- second the alphabet desks- he has loved that for years.