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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Toys for Children with Autism

If you have an autistic child, you know it can be a real challenge to reach your child and also keep him entertained. Toys that stimulate are always good choices for autistic children.

There are many types of autism and depending on the type your child has, there can be a lot of different toys that will both stimulate him to learn as well as have fun playing. Some children enjoy bright colors and toys that make noise and other kids simply have hearing that is too sensitive for bright and loud toys.


Physical activity is always welcome. All children build up energy and good physical activity is a great way to work it off. A toy such as a stone walking maze that features soft, foam "stones" on a mat is a great way to let your child practice his coordination as well have fun crossing the stones both fast and slow. You can even make it a challenge and let him time himself or just let him enjoy leisurely jumping across on one leg and then the other. Stair stepping toys are also good coordination builders and children can create all sorts of games with them.

Magneatos are a fun activity for many children. They are blocks but they don't need to fit together in only one manner such as Legos. They are magnetic and can be stacked and built up in a myriad of different ways. This will encourage your child to play his own way and the bright colors and ability to arrange the blocks will appeal to him. Many autistic children enjoy putting objects in order and these magnetic blocks make it easy and fun to play with.

Autistic children love to play and run just like any other child does. You can further their development by making their toy choices functional and fun for them.

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