Wednesday, November 28, 2012

GJOP Autism Parents Toy Review

In the beginning of November the GJOP autism parents got together online and suggested a bunch of toys that our children are interested in.  The following toys are broken down and links are attached to each one listed.  This is to give you an idea of what the toy looks like.  I suggest you continue the online search for the perfect toy for your ASD child.  If you'd like to read comments the parents made about a particular toy, you will need to scroll to the Toy Review week, which took place November 5-9 on the fan page.  As always, if you have any questions, please go to the GJOP page and post. 

Classic & Simple Toys
Chuggington Toy Train Set
Pillow Pets
Whistling Spinning Top
Imaginarium City Central Train Table
Ball Pit
Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
Little People Play Sets
Puppet on a Stick
Barrel of Monkeys

iPad Apps & Online Games
Scribblenauts Unlimited

Building Toys
Laser Pegs Light-Up Building Set
Magneatos Jumbo Building Set
Quadrilla Building.  Wood & Marbles
Gears! Gears! Gears!
Elenco Snap Circuits

High-Tech Gadgets
Karaoke for iPad
LeapFrog Tag Reading System
Nintendo 3DS
Leapster Explorer

Pea Pod Inflatable Calming Station
Glow in the Dark Lab
EKKORE Hanging Seat
Squishy Baff Bath Activity Kit
LED Super Finger Flashlights Set
Cloud B Twilight Turtle
Rotating 6" Disco Light
PlayDoh Sets
Indoor Net Swing
Lava Lamp
Water Table

MiniLUK Starter Pack
NERF N-Strike
Kid-Tough Digital Camera
Imaginext Toys
Puppet Building Kit
Privacy Pop up Bed

I hope this helps!

Friday, November 2, 2012

No Explanations Needed

Ever notice that sometimes certain words don't need to be said when it comes to autism parents? 

Sandy has shown her wrath on the East Coast.  Hubby went on a search for coffee on Tuesday morning...a difficult search.  He ended up at a local super market who was serving coffee and bagels and such...nothing hot.  Anyway, in order to get coffee, you had to stand in one line to pay then go to another line to pick up.  Sounds good so far, right? 

Well, the first line was a 30 minute wait and the second line was about 40 minutes.  Sucks now correct?  Still with me?  While he was in the second line he noticed a boy and his mom.  No big deal.  But the boy was rocking, flapping and holding his ears shut.  Many, many other people would think to stay away (autism awareness people) so my hubby stood behind them, looked at the woman and said, "He's doing well."  That was all it took.

It's an understanding in the autism community isn't it?  We don't have to take people all the way back to the diagnosis story, or even explain what is happening, processing, therapies, etc.  We don't need any of that.  There is an understanding.  She started talking with my hubby about her son and how well he was doing and handling all the power outages and changes in his routine.  She appreciated the fact that someone got it.  She didn't ask about how he knew or if he a parent.  The word autism didn't even come up in the conversation.  Just a part of life. 

No explanations needed.