Choosing the right toy for somebody on the autism spectrum is a challenge, as it is vitally important to keep in mind an individual’s developmental ability, rather than concentrating on their specific age. However, with a little bit of forethought, a thoughtfully chosen gift can potentially have a hugely positive impact.
Very often they will have a strong interest in a particular topic, therefore if suitable, a book or DVD relating to that subject matter will be well received; but of course if circumstances dictate otherwise, that may not be possible, so a different angle of approach is advised.
It could be that they are drawn to touch, therefore some of the best toys for autism are those that are tactile and involve a lot of feeling and holding. Gentle vibrating items are excellent, especially soft toys, slightly weighted, which can be quite calming.
Many sensory products have a stimulating effect, as well as anything with repetitive actions, that can encourage a response and potentially a shared activity.