According to CDC reports, autism affects approximately 1 in 54 children in the U. S. with boys being most likely to be diagnosed on the spectrum (1 in 34 boys versus 1 in 144 girls). Hallmarks of autism include sensory responses to light and sound and sleep interruption. These can impact learning making school a challenging environment for children with autism.
On the market, sensory products help children with autism engage their touch, smell, sight, taste, hearing, movement, and balance. These products enhance the brain's development while helping the child relax, remain calm, and overcome fears in a warm and natural environment at home or school.
Here are the top 10 sensory products we recommend you try at home or in the classroom (click the headlines to see the products).
Your child can use these brightly colored squishy balls for focus and tension release.
Your child can twist, tie, and stretch these colorful bands for satisfying stimulation. Each string is over three feet long and relieves tension in the neck and shoulders while building strength in the fingers, hands, and arms.
Designed to help fidgety hands so the mind can focus, this tiny fidget massages little hands as they rotate, helping to stimulate feelings of calmness while improving dexterity and fine motor skills. They’re also great for events and travel.
Featuring 82 bubbles, this 8-inch diameter fidget toy is soft, safe, and fun for children with sensory disorders. Your child can “pop” the bubbles for fun or use this toy to sharpen their focus and attention. They’ll get satisfaction pressing and poking on the colored dots.
This box includes 18 fidget tools aimed at improving fine motor skills, coordination, and dexterity, as well as focus, attention, and relaxation. All boxes include 2–spiky rings, 2–stretchy noodles, 1–ball with cylinder bumps, 1–ball with round bumps, 1–marble in mesh, 1-cube snake, 1–finger stretcher, 2–squishies, 1–wrist lanyard, 1–flip chain, 4–pencil toppers.
These wiggle seats allow kids to expel energy while staying calm and focused on the classroom, during meals, and at homework time.
Wiggle Wobble Chair Bouncers turn school chairs into bouncy “rocking” chairs so students can rock, bounce, and move about while staying focused on their classwork. Comes with foot fidget helpers to heighten sensory input.
When attached to the front feet of children’s desks, Bouncy Bands allow fidgety students to step on, kick, and move the bands about with their feet to help ease boredom and to outlet excess energy. Works especially great for children with ADD, ADHD, autism, and sensory needs.
The Bouncyband Wiggle Feet helps kids with ADHD outlet excess energy at school or home. It conveniently sits under the desk to provide sensation and relaxing pressure for the feet while providing the right amount of motion.
These ergonomic stools reduce restlessness and allow for continuous, non-distracting motion. Great for squirmy students who love to wiggle in their seats while helping kids with core strength and good posture.
For children with autism, these 10 tools can help them stay calm and relaxed so they can release energy while working and succeed at home and in the classroom.
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