How can sensory toys help autistic children?
Autistic children have problems processing sensory information. They usually avoid some stimuli and actively seek others.
How can parents help their autistic children?
Parents can make use of consistent sensory interventions to help their autistic children. Using different sensory toys for autistic children is beneficial. This can help them create neural pathways, improve sensory processing systems and stimulate the brain. Also this can improve social skills and coordination skills as well as motor skills.
Why are sensory toys useful?
Sensory toys can help autistic children regulate their sensory system and stimulate a child’s preferred sense which is enjoyable to him/ her. Playing sensory toys can help autistic children calm down, relax in stressful environment. After lowering levels of anxiety, other skills may also be improved.
There are a lot of toys for autistic children. They are of many different shapes and sizes. For example, hand toys, cubes, rings, chew toys and spinners.
Below is a list of sensory toys for autistic children.
The Fidget Spinner Sensory Toys
Purpose of fidget spinner sensory toys
Spinners can keep an autistic child’s hand busy so he / she can focus on other larger tasks in the classroom. It is a successful intervention for autistic children, attention deficit disorder children and ADHD children.
Due to its size, autistic children can play with it quietly without distracting other students in the classroom.
Spinners cost from around $10 to collector items of $200.
1. Tom’s Fidgets Flippy Chain Fidget Toy
This is highly recommended by some special education teachers. It can help your autistic child focus and concentrate on the teacher and difficult tasks in the class. It does not make any sound. And its size is small enough for young children.
The stainless steel split rings and chain links will never corrode or break, and the silicone O-rings provide additional texture and grip and will never fade In color.
It is fairly small, about 1.8 inches or a little smaller than two quarters. You would be best measuring index, middle, and ring fingers and ordering a fidget that is approximately that size.
2. Trianium Fidget Spinner Pro Metal Series [Black]
This is one of the most popular spinners in Amazon.
It is pocket size, easy to carry. It is lightweight.
The two handed spin lasts 4 minutes, and the one handed spin lasted 2 minutes. It has no sound.
It is quite durable and not easy to break when falling off. It is made of durable metal-alloy material and premium ball-bearing.
The finger caps are somewhat difficult to remove (to access the bearing)
Fidget cubes are also popular among neurotypical adults and autistic children.
It is a die with different buttons, switches, and textures on each side. These dice are usually designed not to produce noise when clicked and manipulated.
Different cube toys suit different children of different developmental levels. Wooden shape sorter cubes are common for younger children who are still developing motor skills and learning shapes, colors, and sizes. Traditional building blocks, bristle blocks, and Lego blocks, magnetic blocks, are popular for children who prefer a challenge.
Cube toys come in metal, wood, fabric, and silicone materials. Choose one texture which attracts your child.
– There are 6 different unique features to keep your child busy. Your child can fidget quietly or audibly. But it is pretty quiet overall.
– High quality & durable, made of ABS Plastic + silicone that has a “rubber-ish” feeling
– It is small and lightweight to fit perfectly in hand or in your pocket/purse
– There are loud & quiet options to fit different situations and needs
Autism Chew Sensory Toys
This chewing sensory toy can help autistic children calm down and focus in class. The shark tooth design looks fashionable and it is also suitable for children with heavy oral needs and other sensory needs. It is durable enough that hard chewers won’t be able to chew through it or bite a piece off. There are no signs of bite marks even after one month of use.
What is it made of?
It it made of 100% food grade silicone. BPA Free, PVC Free, Lead Free and Phthalates Free.
How to clean it?
Clean it with warm water and soap. Easy to clean.
Is it safe?
It’s suitable for children over 3 years old. The breakway clasps and adjustable string make it safe for children.
BUNMO Stress Relief Toys for Special Needs Children
They are sturdy and well made, easy to clean, and suitable for one or two-handed fidgeting.
It is fun to bend and stretch. But it is more suitable for children above 4.
Sensory Spiky Set – 3 Spiky Fidget Rings & 3 Spiky Stress Balls
- This is pack is great value for money. (only $11. 99) It is cheaper than other packs. There are 3 Fidget RIngs and 3 stress balls.
- It is 100% non-toxic and BPA free, these items are safe for children. Spikes are not sharp. Children can use it as chewable ring necklace or a chewy stress toy.
- Can help autistic child calm down and pay attenton in class. It is a great relief in stressful situations and stimulating environments.
- The balls are light, squishy and bouncy and the rings are sturdy but still have some flexibility to it.
26 Pack Sensory Toys Set, Fidget Toys Pack Stress Relief Hand Toys
This pack is $14,99. At this price, it’s worth giving it a try but you cannot expect too much about the quality. It won’t last very long time.
There are so many different items in this pack. This can be a good choice if you are looking for gifts for your students and relatives. If you are a schoolteacher, this pack can be useful classroom objects.
It’s non-toxic and is safe for children.
TANGLE Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy
As long as your child fidgets it, he / she can make create different sizes and shapes. Each tangle is about 2 inches long.
This fidget toy can keep your children hands busy.
There are different colours. It is especially good for children who have anxiety.
This is not recommended for children under 36 months. If this child puts toys in his/her mouth it is not a good choice even if the child is over 3 years.