It’s an “oops my hands are thwacking me upside the head” day.
At least these are better than the “slam head back against whatever is behind me even if/especially if it’s hard” days?
Child with Autism
Hello everyone! I am in need of some assistance.
My life partner has an 8 year old child with autism. They have a hard time telling who their friends are, focusing on school work, keeping their hands to himself, social skills, motor skills, etc. I have been shopping online for items that might help them with chewing and focusing, but other games and toys that might assist them with learning social skills, time management, good hygiene, motor skills etc. are too expensive for me to afford.
If anyone knows of a reputable place to go for used or discounted autism items for children please let me know. If you are looking or willing to get rid of items please send me a message to my inbox, and maybe we can work something out for payment and shipping.
Thanks for your help, and have a fabulous day!
—The Queer Celluloid Junkie
(I have kept the child’s pronouns gender neutral in this message because they like toys/clothes/etc for all genders.)
So, autistic adults often need these things too…
In any case, a good source for stim toys (they fill sensory needs) is places like a dollar store or even and office clutter store. You might also know of these as “fidgets”.
As for things like time management and the like, stop looking in specialized gear. Instead, check advice boards and pinterests of education professionals who deal with those in an age where it’s typical to work on developing those skills, or who teach special education.
Avoid anything that sounds like dog training or that dehumanizes the child- those ideas sneak in easily, and can have long term detrimental effects on the child’s mental health.
Some of these will have instructions or ideas for charts, schedules, check lists, etc. Most of them will also be make-able with cheap cheap materials because teachers sadly don’t have a budget to cover what they need, and so sometimes these things are covered out of the teacher’s own pocket.
Also, if you or your partner has a smart phone or tablet, there are TONS of apps that help develop some of these skills. Just make sure it avoids the dehumanizing or dog training esque stuff. Also, be careful about what sort of social skills are being taught- are they useful? do they respect boundaries of all parties including the child? or are they really just about making the child/adult more convenient for care givers/teachers? Just as important as respecting other people’s “no” is knowing how and when to say “no” themself.
tl;dr look for things in non-specialized places, because the specialized places often charge more for something you can get or make cheap elsewhere, and don’t forget that technology can help.
Is it possible change from a meltdown to a shutdown due to people disciplining them over a meltdown?
Too tired to articulate why tho
Help me find!
I remember a while back seeing an etsy shop that sold necklaces using the concept of the “interaction signal badges.” I want to buy one now but I can’t find the shop. Does anyone know what I am talking about or have a link to it?
There’s some other options too! It’s it’s own little genre!
Unspoken Visuals is run by a friend of mine. (A, I forget your tumblr handle?) Their stuff is mainly buttons you can use as communication tools. I don’t know if any of the sets are specific to the interaction badge system (if not that might be a good set to add), but there might be something relevant to your interests!
Love and Issues Designs is run by my friend and super advo, Neurovidergent K (not sure if you use your name on here or not…). Right now there’s just custom letter bracelets, but they can also be used as a form of AAC.
I’m sure there’s some other autistic-run stores that might be relevant. Anyone have any leads?
Just ordered both #lovenotfear and Neurodivergent from Aromaleigh!
I am excited! Pretties!
Now if only they’d do a color for ASAN as well… Is “Acceptance is an Action” too long a name?
Anyone on Star Trek Online?
It might be nice to have some friends… my account name is nicocoer, and my current toon’s name is Devorah Coer. (Federation; Betazoid)
I feel like there’s a gremlin dancing in my intestines (TMI)
intestinal cramps, gas, nausea, and I swear I keep feeling that sensation I have when I get