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Sensory Products for Autism

Andrea Ramírez

Autism’s symptoms often include difficulty processing sensory information such as textures, sounds, smells, tastes, brightness and movement. These difficulties can make ordinary situations feel overwhelming. Quite often the touch of a person’s hand or hug, the texture of a clothing tag or material, or the way a particular food feels in their mouths can cause a child with autism to go into sensory overload.

Sensory play allows your child with autism to experiment with different objects and textures on his own terms and gain valuable hands-on information about the world around him. It can help kids with autism calm down, stimulate their senses, and develop important skills.

5 Skills Kids with Autism Learn from Sensory Products

Promotes Focus

Some sensory toys are excellent fidget toys and can improve concentration and focus in children with ADHD and others who need to keep their hands busy to listen and attend. 

Socialization 

Kids learn to share, plan, and negotiate. Improving social skills such as communication and cooperation

Fine and Gross Motor Skills 

There are certain products that the child will use that encourages different types of actions and activities to be done. 

Cognitive

Sensory products increase the function of the brain and encourages the child to think more creative.

Reduces Anxiety

As your child enjoys play time with sensory toys they start to feel prideful and confident which reduces anxious habits such as nail biting or thumb sucking.  These toys can also calm your children down when they are agitated, giving parents a great opportunity to connect with their child.

When setting up a sensory toys play area be sure that the area is flexible enough so that your child can move to different sensory toys when ready. Consider using soft barriers such as couch cushions to “divide” up each sensory toy play area.

 


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