Sensory toys for toddlers (with autism)
ASD and playtime:
Toys are all:If your child has Autism he or she is still able to thrive and live a normal life, especially when you encourage them to play with the following sensory toys for toddlers:
● Sensory Mini Mats: They not only improve tactile sensitives, but they are also fun to have around, especially as they come in many shapes and colors. You need at least a set of 4 mats in order to allow your ASD child to fully feel the different textures with either their hands or feet. These sensory mats are very useful as you could also place them on the wall and this way your child will see a different angle to them.Playing tip: Ask your son or daughter to close their eyes and to describe whatever it is they feel when they run their hands or feet on the mats. Perhaps you could also participate in this fun activity and allow them to see you how do it and how much you enjoy spending time with them.
● Balance boards: These types of boards usually help children improve their balancing skills while also providing great fun to them and to their parents. Actually, a balance board is good for any individual who is experiencing physical problems and wants to do some light exercise. Ask your child’s doctor first, but these boards are usually recommended as autistic children may also have impaired balance.Playing tip: Make this a family time and game as these boards are a perfect way to spend a lovely afternoon.
● Playing with sand: As parents, you will probably think that sand is one of the most difficult things to clean off of your child or their clothes. However, did you know that sand is one of the finest stimuli your child will encounter? They will be able to play with it for hours -well, at least a couple of minutes- while also being able to develop their fine motor skills if you add to the game to cups to play with.Playing tip: You can mix and match games with your child, allow them to pour sand from one cup to another. Show them how to do it first, then let them do it. Sand offers a great tactile stimulation that will make them feel calmer and more relaxed.
● Electric toys, such as an Electric Pet Dog: Interactive toys such as an Interactive Electric Pet Dog is a good toy to offer an autistic child, as the dog will automatically respond to the person’s touch, making it a great opportunity for your kid to emphasize with the toy. It is not only a tactile experience it is also a social and auditory sensory as your child will have to pay attention to the dog in order to understand and respond to the dog’s needs.Playing tip: An Electric Pet Dog could possibly help your child to desensitize his or her hypersensitivity toward sound while also allowing them to be empathetic towards another being. Therefore, this type of toy could be used as a tool that will help you find out how your child is feeling, by asking the dog some questions and also obtaining some answers from your son or daughter.
● Playdough: Did you know that playdough could offer your child a great way to explore textures while also developing their fine motor skills? Every time they use their fingers to either shape, mold or separate playdough, they are relying on their new set of skills that will eventually help them in other situations in life.Playing tip: A fun way to spend an afternoon is making playdough from scratch. In fact, you could also ask your child whether he or she would like to help you in the process – this way they will also see the transformation that occurs to their toy from the beginning to end.
How to choose the right sensory toy for toddlers with Autism?
What will your child learn with the constant use of Sensory Toys for toddlers?
– Self Control Skills: Sensory Toys for toddlers will show them the needed self-control skills in order to understand that rules do exist in the world.
– Gross Motor Skills: Whenever they are physically active they will see an improvement in their gross motor skills. For example, the mini mats will allow them to jump or run from one mat onto the other, thus there will an increase in their physical activity.
– Fine Motor Skills: Whenever the child has to pick up small items or toys, then they will be able to develop their fine motor skills. This will also help them to feed themselves, as they will reach out to their own food instead of waiting to be fed.
– Social Skills: When kids play they are constantly -and unconsciously- planning, negotiating and sharing their views of the world that surrounds them. Sensory toys for toddlers with ASD are a great way to improve the social skills that are necessary to become less dependent in the future.
– Pretend Play: One of the most important things a child must do in their day-to-day lives is to play around. Essentially, it can be said that children learn a great deal through playing. The constant use of sensory toys for toddlers with ASD allows them to expand their creative nature and abilities.