Sensory Toys and Children on the Autism Spectrum
Play is essential in every child’s development. It is through play that a child begins to learn as they engage and interact with the world around them. Through play, a child learns to use their creativity which helps develop their imagination. Play also helps improve their dexterity, as well as their physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
However, for a child who is dealing with autism, play is not the same as for other kids. Children with autism and sensory disorders have special needs that require attention. Autistic children are less likely to engage in games that require "make-believe", collaboration, or social communication. If you are a parent of an autistic child, you would notice that they are fond of lining objects up, playing by themselves, and repeating the same actions over and over again.
As a parent of an autistic child, it is crucial for you to help them develop their skills and overcome their issues. One of the effective ways to do this is with sensory toys. These toys are specifically designed to provide strong sensory feedback to children with autism so they are able to better process sensations, sights, and sounds in a way that is less threatening.
So... What Are Sensory Toys??
Sensory toys for kids are designed to stimulate one or more of the senses and help in the development of the physical and mental abilities of children with autism or sensory disorders. Allowing your child to play with sensory toys for toddlers at a very early stage in their childhood is an effective way to stimulate their five senses. This includes sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste. Playing with these toys can also help a child who is diagnosed with autism to remain calm and have a positive sensory experience.
Sensory toys play a crucial role in your child’s development. They stimulate your child’s senses which helps promote the development of other skills that your child needs to grow into a fully functional adult. These skills include fine motor skills like writing, cutting, and zipping their coat; and gross motor skills like jumping, climbing a ladder, or riding a bike.
Aside from enabling your child to learn gross and fine motor skills through play, sensory toys also give them the sensations they need in a safe way. When your child is busy trying to get the sensations they want, they are distracted from everything else that they need to be doing, like listening to you, following directions, socializing, or eating. When they play with sensory toys, on the other hand, your child is able to get the sensations they need. Without distractions, they are able to do everything they need to do.
What Are The Benefits?
Sensory items provide so many benefits for children with autism and sensory disorders. This type of toys is essential in stimulating the brain and creating neurological pathways that improve your child’s neural processing systems. They help them to relax, focus, and calm down. Sensory learning toys can help your child to understand things with less fear and discomfort. Sensory hand toys help in the development of gross motor skills, such as picking up small and large objects. They also help develop your child’s social learning skills. This includes planning, negotiating, and sharing. They also help improve social skills, so they are able to communicate well with other people.
Our Favourite Sensory Products
Squishmallow plush toys are on the way to fill your hearts with love and affection. Offering comfort, support and warmth as couch companions, pillow pals, bedtime buddies and travel teammates.
No need to feel alone, you’ll have a buddy for the movies, the bedtime stories, the laughs and more!
Warmies by Splosh
The Warmies range features lovable plush toy animals. Warmies sooth, warm and comfort like no other plush toy on the market - scented with French lavender, either warm in the microwave or chill in the freezer for warming or cooling relief!
Warmies provide a calming and positive sensory experience.