Special Needs Toys for Children with Autism

Autism ToysHelp children with autism through toys that encourage structured learning, social development, and focus.

The goal of parents should be to equip children with the skills necessary to progress toward productive, happy, independent adulthood, according to author Ellen Notbohm wrote in her book Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew.

We’re happy to share special needs toys for children with autism; categorized under comfort therapy, visual aids, technology support, and sensory support.

There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do, instead of what he can not do. - Temple Gradin Click To Tweet

Comfort Therapy

Deep pressure stimulation, such as rolling up in a warm weighted blanket, has been used to calm children with autism and ADD/ADHD. Temple Gradin, Pd.D. wrote about the clinical effects of deep touch pressure, and revealed that deep touch pressure produces a calming effect in children with psychiatric disorders.

Comfort therapy toys calming children with autism

Visual Aids

Visual aids can make communication physical and consistent, rather than fleeting and changing like spoken words can be. According to experts at the National Autistic Society, visual aids can help provide structure and routine, encourage independence, build confidence, improve understanding, avoid frustration and anxiety, and provide opportunities to interact with others.

Visual support toys helping children with autism learn more effectively with structured learning

Technology Support

Apps for children with autism can be useful to support learning and social development, according to Dena Aucoin, M.Ed., the Assistant Academic Chair in the Educational Studies program at Kaplan University. For Aucoin, the most important things we ought to consider when choosing autism apps are the specific needs of the children, and the goal for giving it.

Technology support toys aiding in fun learning and social development

Sensory Support

Sensory toys help relieve stress, calm nerves and increase focus for children and adults, especially those with autism. Experts at Autism Help refer to this as Sensory Integration Disorder. According to them, strategies used for Sensory Integration Disorder might help calm hyperactive children, and help them focus on the lessons and activities.

Sensory support toys helping relieve stress, calm nerves and increase focus

Hearing Impairment Toys

Support hearing-impaired children with toys that inspire reading, cooperating, communicating intelligently, sharing their world with others.


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