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Toys for Autistic Children

We invite you to start a discussion on this topic.  We regularly get requests for toys that are appropriate for autistic children.  We try to do our best to find something that matches your descriptions of need, but we would definitely like to learn from parents of autistic children.   Please let us know what toys you have found to be appropriate to your child's needs and why.  Or what type of toy you would like to find but have had trouble finding.  We will add our posts about the toys that our staff has recommended.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 08:44PM by Registered CommenterTurtle Pond Toys | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

Hi! My 3 year old niece has autism and one of her therapists strongly advised that she ONLY play with toys, dolls, puzzles etc. that have "real" people in them. No cartoon characters. This is so that my niece will learn to interact more with people rather than to only TV characters.

December 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterT. Hunter

I have 2 autistic children.

The best toys ive found is anything that could be sensory, different colours shapes textures.

my boys are 8 and 6 and still alot of what could be considered baby or toddler toys interest them because alot of items for that age are highly sensory.

anything with a high educational value is a must!! its hard for my boys to learn so any and every oppertunity for education even if its to do with play is so important.

anything requiring joint attention is great, 2 player games are fantastic...Puzzles as well for a similar reason, its so simple to encourage joint attention by the adult or playmate holding the puzzle peice, and the child having to request the peice, or request help completing the puzzle.


anything musical...ive found with my youngest music is highly calming, so its a definate must in my household.

Any items that can "mimic" everyday items, kitchen sets, play food, dolls, play tools etc are great for modelling every day tasks to teach independance and help with language and vocabulary

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Almost any autistic child I have met is in love with Thomas the tank engine. Does anyone know why?

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

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