Autistic children have special needs—and that
is particularly true when it comes to play. They need toys that are
appealing, yet highly durable…toys that can help them make sense
of their world. Fortunately, a number of companies offer toys tailor-made
for a child with autism. Foremost among these is the DragonFly Toy Company.
An example of a developmental toy for an autistic child is DragonFly’s
Wiggly Giggly Ball. This ball actually giggles at the slightest movement.
The unique mechanical sound tubes hidden inside the ball gives the toy
its signature laugh. Because of its dark grasping indentations, the
ball, which measures 9“, is especially easy to handle. It is particularly
appropriate for autistic children with visual impairments, thanks to
its bright color and memorable noises. No batteries are required for
this toy and it is latex-free. It comes in an assortment of colors,
so you can match it to your child’s room décor.
Another possible toy for a special need child is highly-textured dominoes.
These colorful toys provide touch-and-match fun for your little one.
The set consists of 28 colored and textured wooden dominoes that are
considered to be “giant sized.” Each domino has two textures,
making it particularly appealing to the autistic child. Children can
put sensory messages together, thanks to the dominoes’ visual
and tactile spots. This toy is also especially good for children with
visual impairments. The dominoes measure 3” wide by 2” long,
so they are quite easy to handle.
Yet another option for your special child is Chubbi Stump crayons. This
toy for a child with autism is short, thick, and easy to handle. The
crayons are break-resistant and long-lasting, so they are especially
If you want to keep your little one entertained in the bathtub, consider purchasing the Water Symphony. This toy provides sensory stimulation at bath time. The symphony consists of a collection of dolphins that you can “play” by tapping their heads. Each dolphin represents a different note on an eight-note scale. The toy is especially apropos for children with visual impairment, fine motor delays, sensory integration problems, or general developmental delays.
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