Only 3 days left until Christmas! Yeah. I cannot wait to see the kids faces on Christmas morning. I know that right now they are all worried so much about what they will be getting. This year we really worked at getting things that are aimed at their sensory integration issues. We got a new mini tramp, ball pit, lots of fidget toys, big wheels… I hope this all makes a difference in the behaviors to come. I think that remembering to gear your toy purchases toward their developmental ages and not chronological is very important. Also to their strengths not their weaknesses.
Also, look at what will be useful. We have begun building up our own sensory gym and I cannot tell you how much it has helped. When the kids are feeling overwhelmed they can go to the huge jump pillow or the mats on the wall (to punch) or swing in the taco swing. It is a great tool to have here.
Sometimes it is hard as we think of their age and try to buy appropriately. We all stand in the aisles looking and wondering. I know that my son even at 17 prized his GI Joe‘s more than anything. He just didn’t want any one who was his age to know as he got the impression this was not a good thing to do. But whenever he was by himself or with younger kids out would come the GI Joe. He was disappointed the last Christmas when we only bought him clothes. I also know my other son when he was 6 years old stole our youngest childrens toys. He wanted the toys for infants and not the toys for 4 and up. So often within hours some of the christmas loot was already in pieces. I have found when we go with things more of a therapeutic nature they seem to last longer. Well hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Hope to hear from you all after to see how it turned out.