Any ideas for a birthday treat fit for a kiddo with sensory issues?

Sarah - posted on 12/25/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son will be 3 in February. He is diagnosed PDD-NOS. I have always made a birthday cake in the past, but he has never done really well with it. Last night we had a birthday cake for Jesus and he flipped out when the icing got on his hands, because the cake crumbled, he couldn't get it on a fork (gross motor problems), etc. I'm sure some of you ladies have been there done that. Any ideas for a treat he could just pick up with fingers, wouldn't stick to him, that he could share with friends and family? I still want it to be something special he doesn't normally get, but don't want him to have a meltdown over tactile sensory issues over his birthday cake either. Thanks!

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Fiona - posted on 03/23/2011

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My son can't stand getting his hands dirty either. We never go anywhere without the hand sanitiser, baby wipes and/or knowing where the nearest tap is.

For his birthday, we found a cupcake stand in the $2 shop which holds 24 cupcakes. This way he can hold onto the paper wrapper and not get his hands dirty. We usually leave one cupcake without icing as he doesn't like the texture in his mouth.

The other thing we've done, is ditch the cake althogether and cook him a special meal putting the candles in the potato/pumpkin/meat. He doesn't really care as long as he can blow them out. If you want to get really creative, you can use an ice-cream scoop and make a face on a plate with the potato for the eyes, pumpkin for the nose, beans for the hair and meat for the mouth. Just one of the crazy ideas we've done.

Hope this helps.
God Bless.

Armanda - posted on 02/09/2011

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I never made them before, but what if you tried those ice cream cones they bake the cake mix in? It would be easier to hold, and you could even leave some unfrosted if he doesn't like the texture. My son had a lot of aversions to things that were sticky. He liked pound cake though. It doesn't have frosting and isn't too crumbly. You could maybe try rice crispie treats too. They aren't too sticky and can be cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2010

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I would go with something simpler that he normally likes - cookies, brownies, an ice cream cone. Anything that he can normally handle, because with the noise and extra people at a birthday party he will probably already be worked up some. Friends and family will think it's fun to have a "different" treat for a birthday, and you don't have to explain. Maybe even pizza if he likes that - one of the treats I remember most from my childhood was taking pizza to school instead of cupcakes on my "non birthday". Goodluck!

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