As much as you want to treat every kid the same, we have to acknowledge that all of them have interests different from one another – even with or without autism. However, it is important to recognize that children who have ASD have particular needs especially with toys that would help to further their development. If you have been looking for the perfect gift to give your little one or for a child of a friend who has autism, here some ideas that you should consider purchasing:
Sensory toys benefit a child with autism more than you think. These type of toys help a child develop it’s five senses. Furthermore, studies have shown that sensory toys have neurological effects on a child which can improve his or her physical and mental capabilities. These toys help them relax and focus. A sensory mat is a textured surface where each mat has different textures. Children can walk or play on it and they’ll be able to feel the textures on their feet. This helps them explore and be aware of various textures.
Kinetic sand is another sensory toy for children. It looks like regular sand but it can stick together because of the moisture, which makes it satisfying to watch and mould. Playing with kinetic sand can help a child calm down and focus. At the same time, moulding the sand develops the child’s manipulative skills.
Fidgets toys have been created to relieve stress and anxiety to some people who are experiencing it. It also causes the same to a child with ASD. There is a fidget cube where each of its sides has different buttons that you can fiddle with. These are said to help stimulate sensory skills and keep them focused.
Buying musical toys, on the other hand, can get a bit tricky. Most children with ASD thrive with music while some are so oversensitive with noise that they cannot tolerate it. It is important to found a sounding toy that can help one relax rather than annoy him or her. Calming musical instruments are the ukulele and the piano. Music can also help with their social skills and can improve self-determination.
Toys that engage children with autism with physical activities are also important. These help their motor skills, coordination, and overall muscle strength. A mini trampoline is only one of the many types of equipment that you can put in your home.
Weighted Stuffed Animal
Weighted items like blankets and stuffed animal are said to help a person calm down. Weighted stuffed animals have become popular with ASD therapy as it also helps with sensory skills and could provide comfort to children.
These are only a few autism gift ideas. Again, we have to keep in mind that every kid has different needs and interest. One may be fond of loud toys while others find it annoying. When finding a gift for a child with autism, always find out first what he or she likes before purchasing anything because they could be hyper-sensitive of a certain toy and you might want to avoid those.