Tips Categorized as Holidays

Finding the Right Toys for Kids with Autism

Gift Giving Tips and Gift Suggestions

Gift Giving Tips Shop by catalog or online with children so they can help to select and anticipate what gifts they will receive. Consider giving gifts one at a time, before and after the holiday, when there is less noise, fewer distractions and more time for the child to focus … Read More »

Best Holiday Suggestions

Think Ahead and Establish New Traditions Plan how you can meet your family’s needs and set realistic expectations. Forgive yourself if the holiday is not “perfect,” and traditional.  Modify celebrations to accommodate to your family’s needs. You may have to adapt your home, menu, schedule and family traditions in order to make … Read More »

Dr. Erica Holding’s Guide for Happy Holidays

  Dr. Erica R. Holding has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Holding provides early diagnosis and ABA therapy for children, parent training and family support. This article is based on her many years of working with families … Read More »

Holiday Gift Resources for Special Kids

Provided by Laura Simmons-Martinez, Technology Project Director Team of Advocates for Special Kids, task@taskca.org   AblePlay This easy to understand toy rating system for children of all abilities from the National Lekotek Center focuses on the developmental areas of physical, sensory, communicative, cognitive, and social/emotional abilities of a child. AblePlay evaluations … Read More »

10 Tips to Consider When Buying Toys

Multi-sensory appeal –  Does the toy respond with lights, sounds or movement to engage the child? Are there contrasting colors? Does it have a scent? Is there texture? Method of Activation – Will the toy provide a challenge without frustration? What is the force required to activate? What are the … Read More »