According the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Autism can make normal daily activities challenging and stressful for children and their parents. Here are a few great sensory toys for kids on the Autism spectrum that will help relieve stress for parents while helping children with ASD cope with their disorder.

Top Sensory Toys

MemoDOGS by The Purple Cow

Parenthood and Passports - Sensory Toys - MemoDogs The Purple CowChildren with autism may struggle with remembering daily tasks. Memory games, like MemoDogs, are great for learning and memory development.

Key Features:
20 pairs in each game
Durable cards in a fun package
MSRP: $11.99

The Crayola Mess Free Stow and Go Studio

Parenthood and Passports - Sensory Toys - CrayolaColoring not only encourages creativity, but can be soothing for those who become over-stimulated easily.

Key Features:
Markers only create color on the page, not on skin, furniture or fabric
Plenty of coloring pages inside
Perfect for traveling, durable case
MSRP: $19.95

Yookidoo Submarine Spray Whale

Parenthood and Passports - Sensory Toys - YookidooBath time can be frightening for kids with ASD. Adding a bath toy into the mix can take the fear away and replace it with fun.

Key Features:
Studies suggest that sitting in warm water for half an hour temporarily made children with ASD more sociable and less prone to repeating the same action over and over again.
Discourages hand flapping. The sprayer keeps kids’ hands busy.
Encourages hand-eye coordination.
Kids can learn daily tasks like washing themselves.
MSRP: $22.95

Playfoam by Educational Insights

Parenthood and Passports - Sensory Toys - PlayfoamGreat for tactile seekers who find the touch and feel of certain textures soothing.

Key Features:
Fun, creative play, create shapes, then squish them and start over
Toys like this can help kids on the spectrum sit longer and improve their attention for learning and language.
Perfect for on-the-go play
MSRP: $15.51

Zookeeper Sorting Box

Parenthood and Passports - Sensory Toys - HABAGreat for developing fine motor skills which are often delayed in children with ASD.

Key Features:

Match shapes and colors
Kids can “feed” the animals
Takes learning one step further with the slide that allows both half a shape and the whole shape
Made from non-toxic paint which is important when it comes to protecting kids on the spectrum
MSRP: $34.99

Gears, Gears, Gears! by Learning Resources

Parenthood and Passports - Sensory Toys - GearsGreat sensory toys for developing fine motor skills and sensory integration. As kids with ASD learn how the gears all work together, it helps them also take in and better interpret what’s happening in the world around them.

Key Features:

Hands on construction
Challenge critical thinking skills as they learn how to click the gears in place and make them turn
Several different sets. New for 2017, Pink Gears, Robot Factory and Space Explorers
MSRP: $34.99

Do you have a child on the spectrum? What other great sensory toys for kids on the Autism spectrum would you recommend?

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