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« on: August 16, 2011 07:31:43 PM »

My two year old son was recently diagnosed with autism and I want to craft something for him. His birthday is in November so maybe it could be a present. I have read some books but i still don't know what to make. I am a decent knitter, I can follow a crochet pattern and not very good at sewing but have a machine so I can try to work something out. I don't have all of the time in the world either, or a lot of money, but I want to keep my hands busy. He likes things that go round and round, like cars and fans. He is barely verbal but he is very musical.

Any ideas? Extra points given for something that helps him learn social stuff.

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011 11:39:50 AM »

have you thought about some knitted or crochet blocks, They would be soft and he could stack them and knock them over kids love that Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2011 07:59:27 PM »

That's a good idea. I will try to make some. I have been working on a small bag to keep trinkets and treats in, but I like the block idea better.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011 11:11:53 AM »

Keep in mind that most things will go in mouth, so nothing toxic (be aware of paints). You might want to make a puzzle with big wooden pieces and big knobs on the top so they can easily be placed. I modified existing puzzles to do this. Made them more simple and easier to use.

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2011 09:22:22 PM »

A homemade book?  You could knit/sew it, and it could have things like pom poms, shiny materials, crunchy things, etc.  My mom made one of those for me and I could not get enough of it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2011 08:34:17 AM »

This is probably to late, but maybe useful for the future.  But for (some) kids with autism, weighted blankets are great!  I'm not totally sure how or what they're made with but they are kind of quilted with some sort of beads in between the layers.  I work at a camp for people with special needs and one of my campers had one.  It was really cool and helped her calm down to go to sleep...

« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2011 04:52:11 PM »

Again, too late for his birthday, but maybe for another present.. 

-Homemade musical instruments (some sort of maracca to shake, drum)
-Weighted blankets or animal buddies (weighted snakes are just a tube with a face)
-A body sock out of very stretchy material  (Basically two  rectangles sewn together about the child's height, with a slit down the middle & a velcro closure...search body sox)
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2011 11:21:19 AM »

Those are great ideas. Thanks.

His PT recommended weighted stuff as well because he is a sensory seeker. I will make him a weighted lap belt for Christmas. Also, I love the snake and all of the other ideas. Maybe a lap book as well. If only I could just be done with finals already so I could get started.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2011 01:04:26 PM »

What about some sort of beanbag toss game?  You could weight the beanbags different weights, or with different "stuffing" for a different sensory experience; not to mention using different colored fabrics/different textured fabrics.


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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011 09:34:24 AM »

I made a fabric book for a friend of mine years ago when her son was 2 (and autistic). I printed pictures of family members (on seperete pages), their house, the park they usually went to, church and a few other things I can't think of right now onto muslin. His picture was on the cover. I filled the pages with poly-fil to make it soft. I don't have a picture of it, but you can either search for directions for how to make them or pm me and I can walk you through it.

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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011 07:40:41 AM »

Again too late but you could make books/ building blocks wih the PECS symbols on? I also got some bottles and filled them with glitter/paper/pompoms/buttons/ribbon/beads ect and put rice in them and glued the lid on. They rattle but are also fun to roll around and watch all the things sparkle.

« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2011 07:44:03 PM »

I have two daughters with autism and something they loved and helped them understand feelings was a feelings book.  I took pictures of me and my husband showing different emotions and then put them in plastic sleeves to protect them.  I used just a regular 3 ring binder but you could fancy it up with sparkles or mirrored paper.  They loved looking at familiar people and it helped them identify emotions (something that was difficult for the). 
One of my daughters was very sensory seeking and she loved a book I made just by sewing different textured fabrics as pages together.  I had satin, corduroy, velvet, fleece, sequined fabric, and some other textured fabrics.  She would sit and feel that thing forever. 
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