TOYS FOR AUSTISM
Often children with Autism are observed to play on their own or enjoy activities that they can play by themselves. When looking for toys for Autistic kids we need to focus on the toys that help them with their sensor processing issues, encourage play skills, facilitates the development of the child, and provides them with an outlet for their endless energy.
- Choose toys that will stimulate their senses. Such as toys that make noise (best to consider toys that you have full control of the noise being made. May something with an ON/OFF button as kids with ASD can sometime find noises distressing and overwhelming), toys that are colourful and vibrant or visually stimulating (e.g. spinning toys).
- Autism toys need to be easy to grasp and manipulate. Children with ASD often have decreased fine motor skills and in-hand manipulation skills.
- Children with ASD often play in rigid and repetitive ways. For example, pressing a musical button over and over again, or spinning the wheels of a toy car repeatedly.