50 Gift Ideas for the Autistic or Sensory-Seeking Child

Every December, I get bombarded with requests for suggestions for my gifts for my autistic and sensory-seeking son.

He doesn’t have an interest in the same toys and objects that many neurotypical children the same age do. It makes it challenging (even for people who know him very well) to find gifts that he will actually enjoy.

Keeping in mind that not all sensory-seeking or autistic individuals are alike, here is a list I have created of some gift ideas for the autistic or sensory-seeking child in MY life, to help you shop for yours this holiday season.

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When Push Comes To Shove

Despite my ass-backward approach, my transition from to SAHM has actually been a long-time coming.

It didn’t come like a freight train barreling down on me in a frightening manner.

Nor like a holiday present you are eagerly waiting to receive.

More like an impending root canal, where you know you’re going to have to suffer through a procedure to improve your overall quality of life. You can only avoid the event for so long before it becomes crucial, and when it does happen…you’re so relieved that you welcome the event.

I can’t tell if that makes it sound better or worse than it actually is.

It’s probably both….

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Doing Things Ass-Backward

It should have come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, that I do things completely out of order.

While other freshmen in high school were taking Earth Sciences, I opted to skip ahead to Biology.  The result was having to loop back around and take it as a senior after I came to the understanding that more advanced sciences and I were not compatible.

So, while most individuals who elect (whether by choice or circumstance) to become a SAHM get in on the ground floor when their kids are infants or toddlers, I (in typical ass-backward fashion) have delayed this for a long time.

I worked full-time for more than 6 years since my oldest son was born. Then, I stepped down to part-time for a couple years.

Finally, I decided (and finances aligned) that it was time to join the stay-at-home moms.

Both my boys have now started school full-time (Second Grade and Kindergarten), which seems like an odd time to make the transition.

Or is it?

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I’ll Cross That Bridge When I…Oh, Shit There It Is!

Time flies when you are busy living life.  I shouldn’t be shocked that it’s swiftly moving along, since I feel like I have so much to still get ready for!

Just when I feel like I have plenty of time, I keep looking up and seeing that bridge in my life is getting closer and closer.

Then, suddenly, I am at the toll booth in line to cross.

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If The Shoe Fits…And Sometimes When It Doesn’t

Growing up, my mother was a stay-at-home mother (SAHM).  Even after all of us had started school full-time.

I thought she was crazy pants.  I couldn’t imagine being bored at home all day, so dependent on my spouse financially, or have my entire existence defined by parenthood.

My dad was in the Navy and deployed on 6-month cruises periodically, so it actually made perfect sense for our family to have a dedicated adult on stand-by to deal with the absurdity of school schedules, after-school activities, medical appointments, and general child-rearing for the three of us girls.

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