These are the best sensory toys for kids with autism you need to take your home or classroom program to the next level. Use these sensory toys to build communication, fine motor and gross motor skills and more.
The best sensory toys for kids with autism
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Sensory dough is one of my favorite sensory tools for teaching kids with autism! At home or in the classroom, the textures and colors of this fun sensory dough motivates autistic kids to explore and discover.
These rainbow sensory ribbons are so much fun! Use them during a sensory break or as a reinforcer during table activities.
I love using sensory & tactile cushions in my programs at my learning center. They are small and easy to take with you to help when you are waiting at the doctor’s office or online at the grocery store.
These sensory crinkle/fidget toys are such a valuable tool for kids with autism! These are perfect for a short sensory break or as a fidget tool when waiting (think on the bus, in the car … ).
Isn’t this hedgehog busy board the cutest? These sturdy boards are so well made and provide hours of learning fun. In addition to being a fun sensory tool, they help build fine motor skills.
The original hedgehog busy board is no longer available but I love the one below as well!
This Montessori lock box is fabulous for building a variety of skills, including fine motor, daily living/autonomy and communication skills.
These sweet little Montessori cube are such a great sensory tool. They are also easy to keep in your purse in case your child needs a quick sensory break outside. I also use them during table sessions and have made them part of classroom protocols in the past.
The original flower Montessori cube is no longer available but I love the one below as well!
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love light table play. The possibilities for learning on the light table are endless. This is one of my favorite sensory tools!
Related : 3 Fun Light Table Projects for Kids
Everyone seems to be crazy about unicorns at the moment! I Spy Bags are such a fabulous sensory toy for playing a sensory game, calming your child down, building new vocabulary and receptive language skills and more.
I love quiet books and use them all the time in my programs! Children tend to love them and you can use them to teach so many different skills. You can order them already made or make them yourself using quiet book patterns.
Related : 12 Autism Friendly Quiet Book Patterns
- Rotate Toys – to keep things interesting for your child.
- Autism Chew Toys – these are the toys you need to help your child with chewing behavior.
- Sensory Boxes for Autism
- Fall Sensory Bin
More Autism Learning Resources
- The Successful Interaction with a Child with Autism Course – learn to better understand your autistic child or students with this complete course.
- Autism Activities Workbook Bundle – build communication skills, fine motor skills, sensory play skills and daily living skills, while helping your child or students to successfully manage any difficult behaviors, with these fun, educational, printable activities.
- Sensory Communication Workbook – Build communication skills with simple sensory activities.
- How to Make a Communication Binder Guide & Workbook – Learn how to create a Communication Binder for your child or student with autism using real photos. Follow my expert guide to learn how to use it to increase communication skills.
- Zoo Animals Play Dough Mats Bundle – use these printable play dough mat to work on the names of the animals, build language skills, and increase fine motor strength and precision in a fun, sensory way!
The Best Sensory Toys for Autism
If you have this collection of toys and learning materials in your home or autism classroom, you are on your way to success!
Which one of these sensory toys is your favorite?
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