Best Toys For Children With Autism

Do Children with Autism require different toys?

Most parents don’t think about what toys to give their children. They just give them what they like to play with.

Best Toys for Children with AutismAutistic children are a little different. They need to be taught to play.

Playtime with the right toys can do this as well as providing support for developmental delays and deficits. If you’d like to do more for your child to support their development and learning here are some simple ideas for developmental toys at home.

Catching a Ball – As simple as it seems throwing and catching a ball lays a foundation for the simple social skill of giving and receiving. It also encourages eye contact, social language eye hand coordination skills

Board Games – Again this encourages give and take. Patience is a developing skill because you have to wait your turn and following directions.

Pretend Play – Pretend play helps the autistic child take on a new role and understand another’s perspective. As play models real life it can help the child practice routines. Kitchen play with cooking, taking care of a doll and putting it to bed all reinforces what happens in real life.

Toy Animals – Toy animals are great for practicing sounds.Most autistic kids have some level of expressive or communication difficulty. Imitating the sounds of an animal helps in articulation. Musical toys are also good for this.

Modeling Clay – Modeling clay is fantastic for personal expression and lengthening hand muscles your child needs for handwriting.

Tents, Tunnels, Exercise Ball – Any kind of crawling, running, jumping and hopping help improve gross motor skills.

Sand Table, Drum, Beanbag – For autistic kids their some senses are either underwhelmed or overwhelmed. These are great toys for sensory integration

Ball Pits, Trampoline – These are proprioceptive toys that focus on body awareness and help with sensory over stimulation.

Building Toys – Lego, duplo tinker toys, magnetic building blocks support hands on positive interaction as well as fine motor skills.

Toys are so much more than play. They help the growing child develop and make up deficits in communication and motor skills.

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