Children on the autism spectrum love toys just as much as any other kid. But because of their unique sensory needs and sensitivities choosing the right toys can be a little more complicated. When choosing toys for autistic children, it’s helpful to find ones intended to help develop their social or fine and gross motor skills. You may also want to look for specialty toys that are weighted or tactile pleasing and intended to provide a sense of comfort and security. Consider the needs and interests of each specific child when choosing their toys. Check out this list of toys suited for the needs of autistic children to help you get started.
Ruff’s House Tactile Set is an adorable sensory exploration toy. Children can explore the different textures of the bones through touch. This set stands out among toys for autistic children, especially younger children, because it provides opportunities to work on vocabulary and communication skills. Ruff’s House and bones can also be used to teach taking turns and sharing, in order to work on social interaction. This appealing toy also aids in fine motor skill development.
Chubuddy Chewable Robot Pendant is a great toy for children who find oral sensory stimulation to be soothing and helpful with concentration. This pendant is a fun robot design and can be purchased in multiple colors. This robot is made from non-toxic materials and is a pleasing texture. The pendant comes on a cord with a safety breakaway clasp. The robot pendant can be worn as an ordinary necklace when not needed for oral sensory stimulation.
Squigz are fun little suctioned poppers kids can stick together to create all sorts of things. Sticking Squigz together to create everything from animals to buildings to jewelry is good for hours of fun. You can also pull them apart for a satisfying popping sound. Squigz stick to walls, tables, desks, bathtubs and each other. Children can exercise their creativity and fine motor skills while they pop these together or stick them all over the house. Squigz encourage social and interactive play as they are fun to bring out for groups of kids to enjoy together.
Crocodile Hop Floor Game is a versatile game with options for playing alone or working on social and behavioral skills in a group play setting. Players can work on gross motor skills as well as shape and color recognition. This game provides a great opportunity for active play indoors. Kids can exercise their wiggles out while enjoying the game.
Blunders is a board game for teaching social skills and manners. This game tops many lists of toys for autistic children because they can enjoy this silly and fun game while also learning and practicing their social skills. This game provides opportunities for acting out and practicing social behavior in a fun interactive setting. The entire family can join in and play the game.
Classic Pin Art Game teaches focus and creativity in a tactile and visually appealing game. If you’ve ever played with a pin art table or board, you know how entertaining these can be. Kids can get creative by pushing their hands or various objects into the pins and creating their own art. People of all ages can’t resist playing with these boards when you leave them out on the coffee table. It’s a relaxing sensory toy that is a lot of fun for kids and adults too.
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