Sensory Toys for Autistic Children
One of the components of Autism is sensory problems. Issues with the senses are indications autism is present in kids. This condition influences how the mind and body react to stimuli. Parents need to recognize autism early and begin working with their kids to conquer these symptoms.
Issues Involving the Senses
There are two different classifications, hyper-sensitive and hypo-sensitive. These two groups react much differently to stimuli and require different treatment forms. These can affect sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, and even balance or coordination. Without parent's care, their children's developing skills may become stunted and problematic for them.
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Hyper and Hypo Sensitive Children
- Hyper-sensitive issues involve a child becoming overpowered by stimuli. This can include both normal and more extreme stimuli receiving the same reaction level. Bright lights or colors and even pungent odors can overwhelm a hyper-sensitive child.
- Hypo-sensitive, on the other hand, is the opposite of hyper-sensitive, and the child is unable to react to stimuli that should create a response. Their sensitivity to light, texture, and even pain can be very low. This sensitivity affects children through the messages between the brain and body regarding balance. The child may not receive the required information to properly adjust or coordinate their body.
What Are Sensory Toys?
These toys target a specific sense and help autistic kids develop properly. For example, a textured mat facilitates the child’s tactile abilities. These products are handy tools for developing physical and mental capabilities.
Kids enjoy new playthings and can understand different stimuli while remaining calm and relaxed. Different senses activate but are less apt to overwhelm or confuse the child. These products can also help facilitate social behavior with little one's learning to play and share.
These consist of different products, such as textured mats, chewing objects, and things that light up. The textured mat allows children to make contact with their hands and feet absorbing the stimuli. As the child becomes familiar with how the different surfaces feel, you may want to encourage them to talk about texture differences.
Chewing objects are another option for helping to develop chewing skills and stimulating the muscles of the jaw. These come in several varieties that can incorporate texture as well.
An interesting visual tool is a ball that includes a reflective surface to grab the child’s attention. Autistic kids can struggle to absorb visual information accurately, and these types of products can stimulate their visual senses.