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Sensory Toys for Autistic Children

Updated on March 1, 2013

Sensory Toys for Autistic Children

My daughter has autism, so I am always on the lookout for sensory toys appropriate for autistic children. Each child has different needs, but the toys I am listing on this page are designed to be safe for your child to play with and help with sensory integration.

Sensory toys are designed to stimulate or calm the child's central nervous system. They are useful in helping your child stay calm, centered and alert. They can help decrease or eliminate behaviors such as chewing on clothing, biting self or others, tantruming, rocking and spinning.

Some toys, such as fidgets, can help a distractable stay focused during activities that require concentration. They can also give a child something to focus on to help him temporarily cope with an environment that is noisy or confusing.

Finally, these toys are simply fun! Many children with autism enjoy playing with sensory toys because they do provide a sense of enjoyment as they stimulate parts of the nervous system that the child craves.

Talk to your child's occupational therapist to learn which kinds of sensory toys are best for her. Then provide plenty of opportunities to meet her particular sensory needs. Having a nice assortment of sensory toys will help your autistic child meet her needs.

Have a look at some of our favorite sensory toys for autistic children, and please let us know if you have other recommendations!

Image: Fun and Function's 28 Inch Tactile Sensory Ball

A Guide to Play for Children with Sensory Integration Issues - Lots of Toys Ideas for Autistic Children in This Book!

As the parent of an autistic child, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The Out of Sync Child books really helped me understand my child and how to help her through play.

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

This book offers parents and educators an extensive guide for setting up a play environment to help their child's sensory integration needs. Most of the suggested games and activities use materials you already have on hand or can easily acquire. Highly recommended!


Does Your Child Love Watching Things Spin? - Autistic Children Love This Sensory Toy!

If your child is mesmerized by spinning objects, give this toy a try!


These gears work like a puzzle. Fit them all in, then watch them spin. Younger children may need assistance from someone older to help them work out where the gears need to go in order to make this toy work. Great for increasing social interaction!


Sensory Balls are Fun Toys for Autistic Children

My daughter has always enjoyed playing with highly textured balls. These are great for self-soothing as well as practicing turn-taking by rolling the ball back and forth with someone else.

See Me Sensory Ball
See Me Sensory Ball

You and your child will surely come up with many fun games to play with this knobby ball!


Fun Scooter! Just Like the Ones at School! - Buy one of the top rated Sensory Toys for Autistic Children

Does your child enjoy playing with the scooters in his PE class at school? Then he may be craving vestibular stimulation and more movement experiences can help him stay focused and calm.

Gamecraft Safety Guard Scooters
Gamecraft Safety Guard Scooters

This scooter comes in your choice of six colors. Buy one for each child to encourage social interaction and games.


Popular Sensory Toys for Autistic Children - Buy one of the best Sensory Toys for Autistic Children there is!

One of our favorite toys, the Rainy Day Indoor Playground is a wonderful investment! You will need to buy the support bar and then you can add a variety of swings as your child grows. Use it on a rainy day when you cannot go outside to play! This toy lets your child experience the calming rhythmic movement of swinging at any time.

This toy is highly recommended by parents of autistic children!

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Fidget Toys for Autistic Children on Amazon - Meet Your Child's Sensory Needs with Fidgets!

Fidgets are toys a child can manipulate in their hands to help relieve stress and tension. This can help with calming as well as helping with focus.

If your child has nervous habits such as picking the skin, providing something else for her hands to do can be helpful in decreasing this activity. Some children also use fidgets in the classroom to help them stay focused on activities requiring quiet concentration.


This is Amazon's bestselling fidget, and for a good reason! This little fidget fits in a pocket, but provides a lot of stimulation for anyone who craves tactile input. May be used as a tactile brush or for oral motor stimulation as well.

Chewy Tubes Super Tubes Red Teether, 2-Pack
Chewy Tubes Super Tubes Red Teether, 2-Pack

These chewy tubes are wonderful for any child who has oral motor issues and needs extra input. If your child bites or chews his clothing, I recommend giving these chews a try. But, you don't have to take my word for it. Read the great reviews on Amazon!

Sensory Stixx (Number one selling hand fidget for children)
Sensory Stixx (Number one selling hand fidget for children)

You get ONE stick, not three, but if you have a child who craves intense tactile input, these rods are fantastic! They are small enough to fit in a pocket and have firm bristles. Great for biters!


Sensory Toys for Autistic Children on eBay - Hurry and Bid on These Sensory Toys for Autistic Children

EBay is a great place to shop for unusual items, and sometimes you might find a bargain. Let's see what they have for us today!

Sensory Toys for Autistic Children Video Reviews - Watch these video reviews of Sensory Toys for Autistic Children

Take a look at a few videos describing the use of sensory toys with autistic children. Some of these items are very simple, yet the impact on the life of the child and his family can be tremendous!

Reader Reviews - Have you purchased any of these products? Do you have a sensory toy to recommend for autistic children?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This page is so very well done! I am mom to twins, age 25, both with autism and epilepsy and I really appreciate all the effort that went into this page!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I was reading an article the other day about the sensory needs of autistic children. Any parent with an autistic child would love to see the products that might help. Well done!