Most of the people working at National Autism Resources live with special needs or have a close family member with special challenges. We feel everyone should get a gift they can enjoy at the holidays. As a matter of fact, we are a little fanatical about this. This month we’ve put together a list of our staff’s favorites, to give you some gift inspiration to help make your shopping easy.
The visual effects of the Tranquil Turtle are stunning. This amazing turtle projects an absolutely mesmerizing underwater light effect onto any ceiling. You have the option to set the lighting effect to move or stay still. Want a darker room? No problem easily adjust the brightness with a slide control. You also have the option of listening to a tranquil melody or the sound of ocean waves.
Aim your LightPhaser at the spinning Strobotop, adjust the dial, and watch the images come to life! Watch animals, playing children, kaleidoscopic patterns and much more. Swap out Strobodisks or even draw your own! Great for highly visual teens and adults! To see how it works check out the video here.
The Vision Motion Lamp is a unique twist on the original Lava Lamp! This visually calming lamp features floating balls of wax against a reflective mirror creating the illusion of several tubes of floating balls.
This is one of our top rated gift items, by both family members and teachers. It is so calm and relaxing for highly visual people. People of all ages enjoy looking at it, so it is a socially appropriate gift for teens and adults.
The soothing mini volcano lamp is a calming visual item great for a gift, desk top toy, night light or quiet area. Fill it with water and watch red balls shoot out of the volcano and fall gently down the sides. A true visual delight!
Kids love to pull the Hoberman Sphere and watch it expand from 9.5 inches to 30 inches in diameter. Push any hub and watch it contract! This fun toy comes assembled with game ideas and instructions.
The Find It on the Farm is a unique twist on the Find It games that will have you twisting, turning and shaking the sturdy 10.5″ tube to find each hidden piece. Great for keeping kids occupied while traveling, in the class or during down time.
Young children will have fun developing fine motor skills as they create colorful mosaics with the FantaColor Junior set. Use this item to teach colors, shapes, patterns, and more. 48 kid friendly sized snap pegs in bright colors are the perfect size for preschool hands. This set features 8 full color double-sided cards, printed on heavy cardstock, for a total of 16 designs. These cards feature kid friendly graphics and will instantly attract and engage the children you work with.
The Super Spaghetti Ball gives a sensation of “noodles” dripping through your fingers is probably one of the most tactile toys we’ve tried. These balls stretch forever and are so soft and wiggly they are hard to put down!
Flip this goblet timer over and watch blue liquid slowly drip down. A liquid version of a sand timer, it’s engaging and soothing to watch. It’s great for the desk, calming area or purse with an approximate size of seven inches.