Planning a party for an autistic child

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I am on a quest for some research, and I hope that you might be open to helping me...

I work for We offer personalised party packs featuring bespoke themes, all of which are designed in-house by us. Because we have our own design team it occurred to me that we are in a unique position to create a party pack that is sensitive to the imagery that a child with autism might engage with. I’m reaching out to you to sense-check whether this is an idea that could go any further? My instinct is that families will appreciate it – it enables parents to celebrate, and gives children a theme that they can be excited by. 

We would be keen to create a distinct and unique party pack, but we want to make sure we get it right - we want to try and create a product that satisfies children and makes life easier for parents. If we can come up with a pack that resonates then we would hope to donate a percentage of the profits to charity.

We've had some input from the author of the Starlight & Stories blog, but we're ideally after as much insight as we can get! What we need to know is...

1) Are there specific colours or shapes that really resonate with your child? We've created a secret Pinterest board to try and collect images that help us visualise what designs work best. Please let me know if you'd be happy to collaborate on adding content to this - the more the merrier.

2) If you were organising a party what could we send you that would make the whole experience easier? Is there anything?

3) We would like to build a Spotify playlist to accompany the pack. Your suggestions for beloved songs to add to this would be great.

That's it for now. I'd love to know what you think - from "this is a terrible idea, don't do it" to "you probably want to think about x". Please clue me in - the internet can only teach me so much about what it's really like to live and celebrate with autism.

Thank you!


January 25, 2018 - 3:16pm

Hi Charlie

Network Autism is a website aimed at professionals so it's probably not your target audience.

There is some information on the National Autistic Society website that you might find useful in planning parties:

Sensory differences

Advice on providing an autism-friendly environment

It's also worth noting that each autistic person is an individual with their own tastes and preferences.