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Best Gifts for an Autistic Child

Updated on May 12, 2014

What to buy to help a child with Special Needs?

As the parent of a child who is in the autism spectrum(PDD-NOS). I know that it can be hard to try and pick the right gifts that will meet sensory needs of that child. Some are sensory seeking while others are aversive to sensory. Each child is different, and this list is only a suggestive list, so that perhaps they may be of some use for your child or a child you may know. I feel the need to say that there are so many different types of products out there, and this is just a small portion.

Using the Ipad or a Tablet Computer to help a Child with Autism

Making communication a little easier through technology

These computers make an excellent tool for kids with special needs, because they are easy to use. They also have touch screens, and can be used for children with speech problems as a way to communicate. Below is a list of a few different ones to check out and see what meets you and your childs needs.

Ipad apps

Ipads and Tablet Computers

Apple iPad MD328LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White) 3rd Generation
Apple iPad MD328LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White) 3rd Generation

9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution

Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics

5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacityes: 1 x Headphones - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Docking / port replicator - 30-pin dock connector

Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

It has a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model

Product Features-

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS

10.1-inch Multitouch 720p HD Screen (1280 x 800)

16GB Internal Memory; microSD expansion up to 32GB

Wireless N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0

1GHz Dual-Core Processor; 1GB RAM

4out of 5 stars

Apple iPad 2 2nd generation Tablet, 1 GHz processor, 16GB, Wifi (White)
Apple iPad 2 2nd generation Tablet, 1 GHz processor, 16GB, Wifi (White)

Product Features-

Size Name: 16GB | Item Shape: Wifi | Color Name: White

Designed for Apple's 2nd generation of iPads

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed processor

Forward facing and rear facing cameras

Apple's iOS 4 and access to Apple's app store

4.3 out of 5 star rating


Other Gift Ideas on Amazon

Body Pod Sensory Sock (7-Sizes) Large Royal Blue
Body Pod Sensory Sock (7-Sizes) Large Royal Blue

This really good for sensory input for kids who like pressure.

Bumble Ball Jr. (Colors Vary)
Bumble Ball Jr. (Colors Vary)

Kids love this vibrating toy.

The New Social Story Book
The New Social Story Book

Highly recommend this book , as my son's developmental pediatrician recommended it to us.


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    • PaigSr profile image


      4 years ago from State of Confusion

      Always good to know. Thanks for the info.

    • mojoCNYartist profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from CNY

      @l-may: Body sock...He still uses it. Even though he is getting too big for it.

    • l-may profile image


      5 years ago

      Didn't Logan have the Bod Pod or some other similar body sock? He really seemed to like it! I couldn't tell if it calmed him down or if he just liked to play with it.

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Great list, it's hard to make good choices for these gifts

    • Natalie W Schorr profile image

      Natalie W Schorr 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas!

    • mojoCNYartist profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from CNY

      @Pat Goltz: Yes. I saw part of the movie about her starring Claire Danes.

    • Pat Goltz profile image

      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      Sensory socks look like a really good idea. Are you familiar with Temple Grandin? She said that putting an animal in a small box calmed it, and she found the same calm from being in a box herself. The sensory socks look like an even better idea.

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      5 years ago

      Nice share !

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens.


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