Toys are an important part of a child’s life and children with autism love toys just as much as any other child. Here are a few companies that have toys designed especially for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Plus, there are tips on the types of toys that children with autism can benefit from.
AblePlay Toys For Kids with Autism
Able Play Toys is dedicated to providing play products and toys for children with special needs, including autism. All products are evaluated by the National Lekotek Center and have their own AblePlay rating that, according to the website, focuses on “the developmental areas of cognitive, sensory, communications and physical abilities of a child. Every product is rated on a scale of 1-5 in these key categories.” The site is not restricted to just toys for children with autism but includes a whole range of other products too. The site is by far one of the most comprehensive sites for toys and products for children with special needs. Parents and caregivers can choose toys by checking off the type of disability, specific disability, product category, age range and even, by manufacturer.
Discovery Toys for Children with Autism
Discovery Toys features toys that children with autism can benefit from. The Discovery Toys catalog has an Autism symbol next to every listing that, “corresponds with the specific learning each toy supports.” So you find toys that develop independent play with some limited instruction, toys that build skills for cooperative play, toys that encourage communication or pretend play and more.
While these two companies have specific products and toys for children with autism, you can also find toys from other companies that can benefit a child with autism or a developmental disability. Here are a few types of toys to look out for:
- Tactile toys and books
- Board books
- Books with flaps
- Toys that encourage movement – bouncing structures
- Memory games and toys
- Water tables and Bean tables
- Thomas the Tank engine toys
What toys do you recommend for children with autism? Favorites? Must-haves? Do share!
We’re offering a special on our Doll of the Month, April. A My Sibling Doll for Autism Awareness, April has a brother with autism. She’s an 18”doll with lovely long brown hair and comes with a booklet that has a story and some information on autism. Read more about April, here.