Hi everyone and thanks for visiting our blog. My wife and I created this blog to chronicle our experience while raising a son with Asperger's syndrome. Since our son was diagnosed with an ASD at age 5, we've had a lot of questions. Lucky for us we have a great support network in place. And our blog gives us an opportunity to share what we've learned with our readers. We hope you find our blog informative and interesting. Thanks again for visiting.

"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980

Sunday, 30 December 2012


I know the Christmas season is almost over.  But with kids like mine, the saying "better late than never" definitely rings loud and true.  And having a child with an ASD, can really force you to be on your toes when it comes to gift giving.  So here are some tips for gift giving at Christmas.

1.  When giving gifts from Santa, be sure to use different wrapping paper just for Santa's gifts.  If you use the same paper for non Santa gifts, they might know something is wrong.

2.  Use different gift tags on the gifts from Santa.  Again, if my son saw the same type of gift tags on all his presents, he'd certainly make an inquiry as to why.

3.  Hand writing on the gift tags.  It doesn't matter if you have to put source the gift tags to be prepared.  Because if a gift from mom, and a gift from Santa have the same type of print/writing on them, you might have scramble for an explanation.

4.  Change the weight of gifts.  You can use rocks or pennies or whatever, but changing the weight of a gift may help you disguise a gifts hidden identity.  Because when I was a kid, I knew how much a game boy weighed.

5.  Put your gifts into different boxes.  Much like tip 4, I also new the dimensions of the boxes that the gifts I asked for came in.  You can use an old shoe box if you need to.

6.  This may be the most critical tip of all.  When you take your child to bed, leave a door unlocked so Santa Claus can get in your house.  Jacob was curious as to how Santa would get in our home since we don't have a chimney.  Just be sure to re lock the door or window before you go to bed.

So there you have it.  It took years to compile and learn all these tips.  And they may seem silly, but you don't want to be caught off guard with a tough question at 6AM on Christmas Day.  Especially if your sick or battling a Christmas hangover.  So implementing these simple tips will certainly help things run smoothly.  And if your child is like mine, you may need all the help you can get.


  1. Sounds like Jacob keeps you on your toes! My son was so ADD he didn't seem to even notice or ask about some of those things. If he had any suspicions he didn't let me know. But he was sneaky like that.

    1. I've heard that many with an ASD also have ADD which would definitely make things more interesting. And I have to be careful at Christmas time because my son is very sharp. But most kids like ours are.