Holidays can be a tough time for autistic people. But with support and understanding, autistic people can enjoy the holiday season in a way that works for them. News flash: Autistic kids grow up to be autistic adults. What autistic adults want and need more than anything is autism acceptance. This acceptance can carry over into gift-giving, too.
Is your child with autism visually oriented? If so think about interesting visual toys. Motion lamps, liquid timers, and tops are often pleasing and make great special needs toys. Does your child seek to touch lots of things? If so think about toys that are tactile. Good tactile toys for children with autism must be durable and interesting to touch. Some popular choices include massaging pillows, fidgets, and fabric items with lots of textures like the sensory pillow or textured squares. Cause and Effect Toys : Children who interact very little with other people can benefit from cause and effect toys. These toys teach that our actions can cause something in the environment to change. They also work well for introducing the idea of turn taking and can create opportunities for positive interactions with autistic children and their family.
This original Hoberman sphere is great because it provides lots of different sensory stimulation from its bright colours to its changing size and shape. This fun gadget gives the player all the control and allows them to experience some visual stimulation in the form of LED animation. This little fidget toy is something of a Kickstarter phenomenon, with millions of dollars donated to its cause before manufacture. This little six-sided dice is packed with different buttons, switches and textures to make for the perfect fidget antidote. Fidget toys can help to keep a person occupied and reduce their stress and anxiety levels whilst out in public. Who says that trampolines are only for little kids!? Just make sure they have enough space!
Most of the time, when people discuss autism and sensory needs, they only bring up children. But autistic adults exist, and we need to stim too! And adults with other forms of neurodiversity such as sensory processing disorder and ADHD also benefit from sensory toys.