Top Toys for Children with Autism

By Jenna | Power Of Play

Apr 15

April is Autism Awareness Month and in honor of it, I  want to focus on some products we have at Toyology Toys that some individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) might enjoy!

It is important for me to note that autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning just as no two people are alike, individuals on the autism spectrum disorder are not all the same as well. Dr. Stephen Shore said it best, “ If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Some individuals with ASD are impacted in one area, whereas another individual with ASD may not be.

Autism affects the development of communication and social skills, which can impact the way a child with ASD plays. Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with pretend play as well.

As a former teacher to students with ASD,  I learned that many of my students interacted and played with toys differently than their same aged peers. I would also like to point out that although many children with ASD may play on their own, it does not always mean that they want to play alone, which can be due to their communication and social skills. This is why peer support is such an amazing tool for individuals with ASD. Peer support is when peers without ASD model, teach and include children with ASD. These peers can be the best way to teach and model how to play. I was very lucky to work with an amazing team of professionals, parents and peer supports to help my students, who all have a special place in my heart.

Featured Products:

Magna-Tiles
  • Encourages creativity during individual and group play
  • Frustration free – The magnetic tiles attract no matter how they are put together
  • Helps develop fine motor skills, color and shape recognition skills

 

 

Magna-Tiles 100 Pc. Set

Oombee Cube
  • Puzzle matching cube with attached pieces
  • Shapes are brightly colored and textured  
  • Helps develop fine motor skills, color and shape recognition

Oombee Cube

Seek-A-Boo (Game)
  • Actual photograph cards of different foods, toys, animals, clothing items, colors and shapes and things found outdoors
  • Helps with communication skills and problem solving skills
  • Parent/teacher guide included, offering more ways to play and how to increase or decrease the difficulty of the game and include turn-taking

Seek-A-Boo

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
  • Can be used to help build hand and finger strength
  • Tactile play for hands, which can be soothing for some individuals with ASD
  • Different types, textures, properties  and colors
  • Does not dry out and does not have a strong odor    
  • Company works with 7 different vocational centers currently to employ many exceptional individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities
  • Note: like other  putty, avoid carpets

Mixed By Me Holographic Thinking Putty Kit

Fidgety Gears
  • Quiet and small fidget item that keeps hands busy
  • Slide it around your finger, play with the silicone rings, or create different shapes or designs with it
  • Tactile play for hands, which can be soothing for some individuals with ASD

Fidgety Gears (Blue & Green)

Squigz
  • Fun, suctioned poppers that can stick together or stick to walls, tables, desks or even stick in the bathtub
  • Makes a fun popping sound when pulled apart
  • Helps develop fine motor skills and color recognition
  • Squigz encourages social and interactive play  
  • Can also be used as a fidget

Starter Set

Mention this blog post while purchasing any of the products highlighted below and 10% of your sale will go to the Autism Alliance of Michigan, which is an amazing organization supporting families in Michigan.

About the Author

Jenna taught students with Autism for 5 years at an elementary school in Clawson, MI, where she also co-led a LINK club, peer-support group. Jenna is mom to Ezra who just turned 2 and has been a Toyologist since 2016. She loves using her teaching background to help people find the perfect product!