Due to my professional experience with children within the autism spectrum and my interest in providing them with the appropriate interventions to stimulate and enhance their development, today I want to write about a topic that can be very useful for every single one that has a child with autism in their lives.
Sometimes we want to create a bond with the child, but we find it difficult to enter their world, to understand what they like, what is good for them, how we can help them. It is for this reason that today I want to write about 5 toys that can be of great stimulation for a child with autism, and also with which he could enjoy a lot.
But before this, is important to clarify that each child is different and one of the characteristics that can be presented in a child with autism is their restricted interests. That is why it is important to always get to know the child first, see what he/she likes best, and then choose what is best for him/her. The following is simply a guide to help you find the perfect gift for him/her.
Many children with autism also have sensory difficulties.
The processing of the stimuli of the senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance, and body is overwhelming. They may seek physical stimulation as a mechanism to calm down.
Rhythmic movements are soothing and stimulate balance and sensory integration. It also helps to increase concentration and promotes eye contact which promotes social interaction.
Here I leave different options of swings, some are to put outside, others can be placed inside, there are different forms and materials so that each one chooses the one that can fit better with your child.
A few options I like:
Many children with autism have difficulty calming down and auto-regulating. Some need to feel pressure on their body to regulate themselves, for which a weighted blanket can be a very useful gift.
The weighted blankets are designed to reduce stress and create a sense of calm. They do this by putting pressure on the body.
These blankets are filled with glass beads or plastic balls to add weight. Some also have additional layers of fabric to increase weight. Weight-bearing blankets work by putting pressure on the body, which can increase the release of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is sometimes called the "happiness" chemical because it generates a feeling of calm and well-being.
This can help the child relax at night or in times of crisis.
An option I love! :
Play-Doh can be a great gift for a child with autism. It helps to improve the sense of touch and to experience different textures promoting flexibility and the incorporation of new interests. The child can roll it, form little balls, crush them with the hand and... let the imagination fly to make many figures.
It’s a Fantastic stress-reliever, it helps to release tension and relax.
A good option to provide a better relaxing effect is to add essential oils to the dough such as lavender which stimulates relaxation!
Many children with autism enjoy pressure on the body and contact, so a good gift option is massage tools. With this gift not only the child enjoys but also favors contact and interaction with the adult generating important moments for the consolidation of a solid bond.
Here are some ideas of different objects that could be used:
Finally, an awesome gift for children with autism are Sensory Boxes.
It’s a container filled with different materials and textures. Aside from the filling, they also include different toys for them to boost creativity and set the scene they want in that specific theme.
These are very important tools to improve child development, motor skills, cognitive growth and more, all while having fun!
Sensory Boxes are a fantastic way for children to learn by experiencing and recognizing their senses, has a calming effect, helps them concentrate and stay entertained.
It promotes social interaction when sharing the game with others, promotes motor skills, and most importantly is a very entertaining and motivating activity!
Motivation is the main factor that must be present for the child to learn and grow.