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When buying toys for children with autism, make sure to focus on toys that stimulate their senses. Most kids with autism have sensory problems, so introduce them to tangible things in a non-threatening way, and in a way they can understand and remember.
Fold & Go Trampoline
One of the best children’s trampolines ever built, the Fold & Go Trampoline made by The Original Toy Company, has a unique design that is compact and quick to assemble. This trampoline is great for a wide age range of special needs kids with sensory processing issues. Some of the great features of the trampoline are no bungee cords to break, 6 legs for stability, higher weight limit (150lbs) than other trampolines and it’s easy to assemble.
ALEX Toys Active Play Monkey Balance Board
Encourage more physical activity with your child with the ALEX Toys Active Play Monkey Balance Board that improves balance, coordination and leg strength. This fun board is decorated with a cute purple monkey to invite your child to play. To use the board, your child stands with one foot on each side of the board. Carefully put one foot on the board before adding the other foot and balance by shifting your weight from side to side. The board can support up to 200 pounds and emulates skateboarding, surfing and other activities.
LEGO Blocks and Construction Sets
Building things helps a child learn to work with instructions and directions. LEGO blocks and other construction sets allow kids to build houses, castles, trucks, airplanes and other things. Since a lot of kids with autism have a hard time following verbal instructions, these toys can help them increase their awareness of needing to follow directions.
A nice LEGO accessory is the LEGO Play Table. It’s perfectly sized for apartments and small areas while giving your child a base to build on with the LEGO blocks.
3D Feel and Find by Guide Craft
For kids who have difficulty learning words for sense, 3D Feel and Find is a great toy for those who have problems with the touch sense.
This game helps your child learn and memorize shapes by how they feel. Twenty multi-colored wooden blocks in the shapes of people, animals or shapes are put in a bag and your child pulls one out and matches it with wooden shapes in the panel. This helps your child learn and memorize shapes by feel rather than sight.
Melissa and Doug’s Sandwich Stacking Game
This sandwich stacking game can be played alone or with a partner. It comes with 20 cards and 14 sandwich fillings, 4 slices of bread. The bread is designed to be used as gloves, but your child does not have to wear them if he doesn’t want to.
To play the game, the child looks at the card that has a sandwich on it and then uses that picture to design his own sandwich. Two children can play the game together and have a race to see who gets their sandwich done first.
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