Autism And How Sensory Toys Help Development

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Most children love to explore the world around them using all their senses but some children with Autism need some help to appreciate the world by using sensory toys. Children with Autism have a preferred way of what and how they want to do things. Some may prefer to use their sense of smell over vision while others may prefer to rock back and forth rather than listen to talk around them, since the rocking sensation feels good to them.

This kind of behavior may be confusing to those around children with Autism but actually the behavior gives clues to the preferred sensory communication the child likes to use. Once the sensory channel is defined for the Autistic child, use of the sensory toys will be able to enhance communication with the child and maintain a longer attention span. Sensory toys will allow some special one on one time with the Autistic child while playing with a toy that all can understand.

Many children with Autism need sensory toys that will allow them to fidget. This fidgeting allows aids them in concentration and learning. Some of the best sensory toys for this particular Autistic need would be stretchy toys, soft pliable toys and vibrating toys.

Another great sensory toy for Autistic children is a Therapy ball. This ball is soft to the touch but has numerous small bumps all over the surface that stimulate the child’s pressure points. This sensory toy is always a favorite among Autistic children because they love to feel the bumpiness of the ball.
Sometimes larger balls that are covered with textured material can be a great tool for Autistic children. This kind of sensory toy enhances the feeling of touch. Balls that also have noise makers in them can highlight the Autistic child’s sense of sound as well. The larger size allows children with Autism more success in playing catch.

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