April is World Autism Month, which is a time to raise awareness and promote acceptance for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Toys can be an excellent way to help children with ASD develop social skills, improve communication, and increase sensory awareness.
Here are some of the best toys for World Autism Month:
- Sensory toys such as textured balls, fidget toys, and sensory boards can help children with ASD to explore and interact with their environment.
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The Hoglet by HedgeHog Health ($39.99)
The Hoglet is a wireless mouse that allows kids to fidget while learning in front of the screen. Soft, cuddly, and friendly, it looks like a baby hedgehog! It’s the first computer mouse to combine fun and functionality, specifically designed for learning-challenged kids. (Traditional pointing devices lack the physical stimulation many require.) It’s fun to look at, hold, and use, available in vibrant colors, including blueberry, watermelon, lime, apricot, and grape.
HedgeHog Fidget Keychain ($14.97)
An easy-to-carry, sensory fidget tool you can take anywhere for instant stress and anxiety relief. It features a mini hoglet design that comes in handy anytime you need a multisensory experience so you can focus longer at home, school, or work. The first tactile keychain that is attractive and pleasant to the touch, allowing sensory seekers to feel calm and relaxed. Hang it on your favorite bag for an on-the-go sensory break.
- Games that encourage turn-taking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills can be beneficial for improving social skills.
- Art supplies like modeling clay, crayons, and markers can help children with ASD express themselves and communicate their thoughts and feelings.
Kinetic Sand Scents ($14.99)
Serve up your own scented Kinetic Sand treats with the Ice Cream Treats Playset! With three colors of scented Kinetic Sand (1lb total), six different tools and molds, and six fun topping accessories, create ice cream sundaes, waffles, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and ice cream cones! Kinetic Sand is the original magical, moldable, and mesmerizing sensory sand. Choose from the playset’s Strawberry (pink), Chocolate (brown), or Vanilla (white) sand and scoop it from the freezer-inspired tray, just like in an ice cream shop! Layer each color of Kinetic Sand inside the sundae cup and top off your treat with a cherry accessory!
- Building toys like LEGO sets and puzzles can help improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness.
Edx Education – Rainbow Pebbles (Price: $21.99)
Rainbow Pebbles are also a great toy for kids with autism when it comes to the texture of the stones! Feeling different textures is good for stimulating brain development as well as helping children get used to different sensations. Kids will learn to sort, stack, make patterns, identify colors, and create pictures! Also includes an activity guide for learning ideas. They even come in an eco-friendly version!
How to celebrate world autism month
There are many ways to celebrate World Autism Month. Some ideas include educating yourself and others about autism, participating in or organizing fundraising events for autism organizations, wearing blue to show support, and volunteering at or donating to local autism organizations.
Remember, every child with ASD is unique and may have different needs and interests. It’s essential to provide a variety of toys and activities to find what works best for each child.