Best Sensory Toys For Children With Autism
Do you ever wonder what are the best sensory toys for children with autism?
I know I do, as I only want the best for my daughter, Ryley. However, I was not always this way. When Ryley was young, I got her as many sensory tools and other toys as I could. Sadly, I learned she only cared about Barbies and fun sensory items.
Before I share our favorite sensory toys, I want to discuss why they are so important. The simple answer is our kids crave and need different sensory input. The input brings calmness and allow them to self-regulate, which are so important for our kids. It helps decrease meltdowns and encourage exploration. For some of our kids, their view of the world is so narrow. Having a chance to explore using sensory toys can open up their world.
We have some sensory toys we use daily and others only use for special occasions such as traveling, meltdown and quiet time.
For daily use, we have some basic items such as water beads, kinetic sand, play dough and other things she can dig her hands into. Since Ryley has a hard time sitting, we often use the Wiggle Seat or Balance Ball Chair to keep her moving and help her to focus on homework.
When out and about, we tend to pack Fidget Marble Maze in our travel bag. The maze folds up nicely and it could be used anywhere. We keep our Weighted Neck Pillow in the car for extra sensory input during the ride. We also keep a pair of noise cancelling headphones at home and an extra pair in the car just in case.
We keep our newest and favorite sensory tool close by, which is our Write-N-Chill. This writable weighted lap pad is fun and very useful. Ryley can relax with its deep touch pressure while draw on it using the water pen.
If you have a hard time finding the right sensory toy, the easiest way is to start with identifying your child's needs and what makes them happy. If you are looking for ideas and new sensory tools to try, check out our store.