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Where to Buy Toys for Autistic Children

Parents of children with autism are well aware of the importance of providing developmentally appropriate toys to their children that promote healthy sensory development.   There are lots of great resources on the web that cover which toys are best for children with autism and what specific aspects of healthy sensory motor development they can help (see our post How Does Sensory Play Help Child Development).     However, we thought it might be valuable toContinue reading “Where to Buy Toys for Autistic Children”

How Does Sensory Play Help Child Development?

Children experience their world through the senses.  As living beings, we rely on our senses to navigate through different environments, tasks, and activities throughout the day.  The more we engage with our senses, the more we enrich our experiences.   The process of engaging in sensory stimulations is especially important for children because their brains are developing and taking in tons of information that will help them shape how they interact with their world.   Continue reading “How Does Sensory Play Help Child Development?”

5 Toys that will Improve Your Child’s Focus and Concentration

Ever have a hard time concentrating?   Even as adults we can have trouble keeping focused on necessary day-to-day tasks.  Especially in today’s world with our smartphones, notifications, and constant email and social media buzzing happening constantly. But I want to talk about your children.  Especially if your child has Autism, anxiety, or ADHD. Why is concentration an important skill for your child to have? The answer to this question seems obvious, but often in modernContinue reading “5 Toys that will Improve Your Child’s Focus and Concentration”

5 Reasons Why Sensory Play Is So Important

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance. (goodstart.org)   Children need to engage in activities that stimulate the senses in order to make sense of their world and to develop the necessary skills to function in society.   In this blog post, we will cover 5 reasons why sensory play is important for your child,Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Sensory Play Is So Important”

5 Tips to Help Your Autistic Child Learn & Succeed

I’d like to begin this post with a metaphor. Imagine that you are looking for something in your garage, but the lights are not working so you make sure you bring your flashlight with you into the dark space so you can find what you are looking for. You open the door to the garage and turn your flashlight on and point it in the area where you think the object you are looking forContinue reading “5 Tips to Help Your Autistic Child Learn & Succeed”

Why Sensory Play is So Important for Children with ASD

As human beings, we experience our world through our senses.  We use taste to appreciate an incredible meal, touch to experiences the joy of petting a dog or cat, we may take in the sights and sounds of theater, or a movie….and we stop to smell the roses!   For children, sensory play and sensory stimulation are important for development.  It is even more important for children with Autism because motor skill development can beContinue reading “Why Sensory Play is So Important for Children with ASD”

The Best Sensory Toys for Children with Autism

The Best Sensory Toys For Children With Autism The CDC states that about 1 in 54 children are born with Autism in the United States of America, and it is prevalent in children from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Being a parent of a child with autism can come with extra stress and even an increase in mental and physical health problems when compared to parents of children with other developmental disorders. Whatever theContinue reading “The Best Sensory Toys for Children with Autism”

Tactile Sensitivities

Does your child struggle with getting dressed each morning? Do you have difficulty getting out the door while your child is crying in the middle of his/her room in only a diaper or undies? Does he/she cry, fight, and push away when you’re trying to put on their shirt, pants, socks, and shoes? Will he/she only wear long sleeve, spandex shirts that you’ve made sure to cut every tag out of? Tactile sensitivities may playContinue reading “Tactile Sensitivities”