Re: What should I get our son with Asperger's for Christmas?
Our son is 6 and this year for Christmas we're going to think more carefully about what kinds of toys to buy him. We're going to avoid anything that is too repetitive and that would be too easy for our son to get fixated, or too focused on. Since Autistic kids tend to get easily fixated on objects, I think it makes sense to stay away from toys that would get the kids obsessed with the motion or the objects. For example, when my sons visit their great-grandmother, she brings out a toy train that just goes around and around on a track and it's battery operated so it just keeps going around and around at the same speed - that would definitely not be the type of toy we'd buy because it doesn't stimulate any imagination, there's no interaction involved, and he just gets so fixated on the repetitive motion that he goes into his own little world. We're going to look for simple toys that will allow us to play with him to encourage interaction, such as blocks or other building toys, puzzles, and he also likes to "cook" with play food. I've seen toy catalogs for kids with special needs - you might do an online search using the keywords "toys for children with special needs" or something similar.