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The 2 most inappropriate gifts my ASD son has ever gotten…both given byautism moms?!
(originally written & published on March 18, 2013)
The two most inappropriate gifts that my son Kyle has ever gotten both came from fellow autism parents who should have known better!
Kyle is non verbal and severely autistic as y'all already know by now. And the rest of his class is along the same lines. Severely autistic kids, mostly non-verbal.
So there was a bd party for another kid in the class today. And I guess the kid's mom brought in cupcakes cuz I heard reports from the wife via the king's 1:1 aide that my son ate two cupcakes today! Woo-hoo!
So, the inappropriate gift?
The mom sent home a party favor to every kid in the class. Very thoughtful…but unecessary. And here was the party favor gift that we got in his backpack today…
A book about Martin Luther King Jr. Nothing wrong with that… for a typical kid!!??!! But probably everyone in the class are still reading toddler books! (My son is still eating toddler books :-) Not age appropriate history books! WTF?! Don't you know your own kid?
Now I know there's gonna be people that'll say that we should give our ASD kids something to strive for and age up with them and we should stop infantilizing our kids….
But an MLK book with quotes from the good doctor?! Come on!!
But that's not even the worst most inapproriate gift my kid has gotten. The most inappropriate gift my kid has gotten still "boggles" my mind! At the king's birthday party 2 years back my son was given the game "Boggle" by a different autism mom...the mom of one his classmates at his previous school!
You know the complicated word game Boggle ('ages 8 and up") with the little dice shaped pieces with letters all over them.
My son would have those in his mouth in a freaking heartbeat! And I know the kid who's mom gave us the Boggle. He's not playing Boggle any time soon either. :-) I think he'd be swallowing the pieces too!
C'mon moms, don't you know our kids yet? They're 9 years old! If you waited to the last minute to get a gift and "Boggle" was the only thing in the drug store where you bought the birthday card, I get it. We've been there before. In fact, we're always there getting gifts last minute, on the way to the party.... But put the Boggle down and just put $ in an envelope.
Ok, that is all. Short post tonight cuz I gotta run. It's almost the king's bedtime and tonight I'm gonna sit him down and read him a great bedtime story…all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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