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what do your DC with autism play with

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chocnomorechoc Sun 05-Jul-15 09:10:03

DD (7, autism and LD) used to play a lot with Thomas trains (pretty obsessed) but has recently lost interest. she is not really into anything. she prefers to watch stuff on youtube or go outside (which is not always practicle for me as she needs 1:1 and I have other DC).

what are your DC into? looking for some inspiration about new things to introduce.

PS: she is not really keen on Lego (neither the building not the play aspect).

Sirzy Sun 05-Jul-15 09:11:13

DS doesn't really play. He draws and writes about anything road or train related (he is 5) he has the odd day of playing but that's it.

BatFoxHippo Sun 05-Jul-15 09:19:06

Does she have sensory issues? Toys with lights/sounds or things to do with movement?

chocnomorechoc Sun 05-Jul-15 09:50:51

I find she just end up stimming with free access to sensory toys.

Ineedmorepatience Sun 05-Jul-15 10:42:19

Playmobil, trampoline, musical instruments.

Dd3 is 12, she does have lots of screen time but does the other stuff as well.

PolterGoose Sun 05-Jul-15 10:42:33

We had a long period before ds was interested in screens except for films and documentaries, so all his time was in physical play iyswim?

Toys from whatever he was into watching at the time
Playmobil mostly used for re-enacting what he'd seen
Lots of arts and crafts stuff, sadly he doesn't do this anymore
All the construction toys
Brio train set
Soft toys for acting scenes out
He's always had a 'box of tat' which has cheapy toys off magazines, kinder egg toys, random objects and what I since realise are fidget toys, this could keep him busy for ages back then.

PolterGoose Sun 05-Jul-15 10:45:17

Oh yes, Ineed, musical instruments, we've always had a big basket of musical stuff accumulated over the years, some toddler stuff and some 'proper' as well as a trumpet, guitar and keyboard. They've only ever been played around with as none of us have any musical talent at all!

chocnomorechoc Sun 05-Jul-15 10:56:02

thanks. there areba few ideas which might be worth trying

PolterGoose Sun 05-Jul-15 10:59:37

What I've found with ds is although he is hugely resistant to anything new, if it hangs around for long enough he eventually forgets it's new and plays with it wink

Also, he played with toys aimed at younger kids for years beyond when most ordinary kids would.

imip Sun 05-Jul-15 12:14:31

My dd7 loves sticker books - usually to do with fashion [ here]]

She also has a sketch pad from Tiger and uses it to draw fashion sketches. Some pretty cool art-shop markers in neon, oil pastels etc.


She is a little obsessed with her various collections - erasers, blank note books. She'll often play with these.

Interestingly her 8 yo nt sister also loves this. They will choose a 'club' every night and do artwork (sounds blissful, but it is very fraught because of dd).

She is currently waiting for diagnosis in 2 months, but her referral comes from specialist cahms. I've been pushing for assessment for almost 2 years After referral to specialist cahms for self-harming, theyve suggested she'll likely end up with a diagnosis of ASD and SPD.

ExtremelyStubbornAndSuspicious Sun 05-Jul-15 12:47:00

My DD went through a Thomas phrase too smile
Her favourite now is My little pony and the spin off equestria girls. She's totally obsessed with the TV programme and has several pony figures and equestria girl dolls.
She also collects Beanie boos (she has about 15!).
Nintendo ds
Books and comics

sammythemummy Sun 05-Jul-15 17:25:11

Dolly houses, Legos (currently Peppa pig and Little Mermaid themed Lego), play dough, drawing/arts and crafts.

What kind of things is she watching on youtube? You could perhaps buy something related to what she's watching?

OgreIt Mon 06-Jul-15 11:46:29

My ds (turning 5 in a few weeks; recently diagnosed with asd) likes things related to stuff he enjoys watching or reading. At the moment he spends most of his time being a 'medic' (ie a doctor) as he's obsessed with Paso from the Octonauts. He has a doctor costume and a 'medical box' which we've filled with bandages, a stethoscope, an old ear thermometer etc). He spends a good part of each day taking my temperature and bandaging things. Also loves his Toy Story dolls. He also loves gadgets and just got a camera so is spending a lot of time playing with that.

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