If you have a child on the autism spectrum, or if you know someone who does, you likely have a good understanding on how hard it is to get them something that will be both fun to play with, yet won't set them off emotionally. That's where "sensory toys" come into play. These types of toys aim to engage a child's senses do wonders for them as they grow.
As a father to two autistic girls, I can say without a doubt that sensory toys do help autistic children. Here are 8 "sensory toys" that are sure to keep the child entertained and engaged.
1. Tunnels of Fun
Not only are these tunnels fun for any kid to crawl through and play in, but they also offer children a place to hide out if the holiday festivities become too much for them to handle emotionally. You can order one here.
2. Squigz Starter Set
These colorful suction-cup toys are great because they encourage creativity and help the child work on their fine motor skills. Not only that, but the soft rubber that they are made of won't damage anything if they become projectile weapons, and they are dishwasher safe which will make the job of keeping them clean a hell of a lot easier. Pick one up for the child on your list here.
3. Simon Air Game
This is and old-school 80s game that can be repurposed as a sensory toy for children with autism. It has visual and auditory stimulation and also helps them refine their fine motor skills. Plus, it's something fun that you can do with them. Order on here.
4. Body Sox
I didn't know this until I started learning about kids with autism, but pressure helps kids deal with anxiety, and makes them noticeably calmer. This one is always worth a laugh, plus they feel better when zipped up on one of these. Buy yours today.
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5. Electric Pet Dog
Different sounds affect children with autism differently. My daughter loses her mind when she hears someone singing "happy birthday." Science has proven that certain sounds work by desensitizing kids with auditory issues, such as animal sounds. This electric pet dog simulates animal sounds, and it will help with your child's socialization skills. Buy yours today.
6. Monkey Balance Board
This is a safe and highly entertaining way to help your child work on their balance and core strength. Seeing your child light up because they have found something that is as much fun as this is worth every penny. You can get one here.
This pretty epic chair is a great way to get your child to sit in one place for more than a few seconds. My daughter can get into modes where she is just go-go-go-go-go, and it doesn't seem like she is ever going to stop. This chair will keep them entertained and get them to settle down without ending up dealing with a meltdown. They will have a ton of fun with this. Get it here.
8. Kinetic Sand
My daughter, along with many other children with autism, have strong reactions to texture and tactile feeling. This kenetic sand is a great way to get them used to handling different textures. It will also help them with their hand-eye-coordination and fine motor skills. It's a great way to spend some time playing with your child. Order yours today.
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