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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?

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

Remote controlled tarantula spider. smile

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

For ds ( 15asd) a clothes folder like this

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.....

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

yawningmonster Mon 31-Dec-12 09:28:53

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.

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

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.

Needingsomeadvice Sat 29-Dec-12 23:57:02

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.

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

Like this only in green:

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

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

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...

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

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


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 21:16:14 bought the harmonics!!?
In the name of god, why!?
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

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.

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!

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

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

DD1 -a rain stick.She adores the sound.

DD2-a beside cabinet and lamp.

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......

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

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