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Six of the best

If you're buying a gift for an autistic child in your life, a sensory toy might be a good idea. Sensory toys are specially designed to stimulate one or more of the senses and can help children regulate their sensory needs.

Here's our pick of the best types:

Peanut ball

These can be a great tool for proprioceptive input, our awareness of our body in space. Applying deep pressure with the ball can help to calm and regulate. They can also be used for developing gross motor skills and balance.

Body sock

A body sock is a very stretchy piece of material that provides resistance and deep pressure through the joints. They also support a person's awareness of space, balance and movement.

Swivel egg chair

The spinning motion of the chair can soothe and relax, and help support a child's vestibular system (sense of balance and spatial orientation). When your child is feeling dysregulated, this chair can also offer a retreat.

Play tray

Play trays can be used for all kinds of hands-on sensory exploration and experiences. They also provide a focused and contained area of play.

Busy boards

Busy boards provide lots of sensory stimulation. They also promote the development of fine motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination.

Fidget toys

Fidget toys have many benefits; by allowing the child to filter out additional sensory stimuli, they can help improve focus, relieve nervous energy and reduce anxiety.

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