With autism affecting one in 110 children, more and more families are facing the question of what presents to buy and what holiday activities to plan for children with autism, who are often sensitive to over stimulation. MyAutismTeam, the recently launched social network for parents of children with autism, asked their nearly 14,000 parent members for their recommendations.
Soccer without Borders is an organization that Senior Boston College soccer player, Julia Bouchelle, has introduced to our family. Julia’s sister, Zoey Bouchelle, is an All-American soccer player at Penn State and spent an eight month internship helping girls through Soccer Without Borders video (attached).
It’s so easy to donate a book to a needy child through First Book. Every $2.50 donated puts a book into the hands of a child in need! And this is an amount that a child can come up with if you are thinking of ways you and your child can make a meaningful donation.
This great list of the best iPad apps for college applicants. It can help with the process for including searching for a college, taking the SAT or ACT, and applying for financial aid is now at your fingertips. Thank you to BestCollegesOnline.com for finding the best apps for college!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is the Phantom of the Opera for children’s literature.
I am a big fan of the Avery label 5164, 3 1/3 inches by 4 inches, or six to a page. Yes, it sounds weird to be a fan of a mailing label but these are exceptionally useful for:
Labels to stick on personalized gifts
Birthday party invitations; just stick to pretty card (from Paper Source)
Return address labels for packages
Capability:Mom and I are on the home stretch here both for our 12 Days of Shopping posts and for our own holiday shopping. This post lands very close to Christmas and is meant to help you out if you need to dash to the store for one more present whether it’s a quick return gift from someone who unexpectedly gave you a gift or someone you accidentally left off your list. Or maybe you are so efficient that you can do all your shopping in one fell swoop!
Capability:Mom and I found lots of great toys and treats for cats including architectural and cool cardboard scratching posts, high tech chase toys, and seeds to plant a garden for your cat to enjoy.
My husband is not an easy guy to shop for, as are most husbands. They are closet about that; they seem easy to shop for because they are happy and grateful for whatever present they unwrap but the tell tale signs … the sweaters sit in their closet never worn. They ask, several years later, a tad embarrassed, if they can donate those never worn sweaters when they are cleaning out their closet. Other presents seem to just disappear magically, though you know for certain that they were not returned for a refund or a store credit!