Monday, August 10, 2009

Choosing Toys for a Child with Autism

Have you considered a toy for autistic child? Regardless if a child has autism, another disability or not, all children love toys. Of course, no child is alike. Therefore, what may be enjoyed by one child may not hold the interest of another. Thus, the trick is to figure out which toys your autistic child will enjoy playing with, and will help them develop skills.

Ages 3-7

Autism Toys : Crayola Colored Pencils

Paints and/or coloring pencils with large paper

This is a great way for an autistic child to express him/herself in color. Knowing what colors your child responds to may be helpful when it comes to learning.

Autism Toys : LEGO Road Construction Set

Building blocks

Any toy for autistic child that can be stacked helps them improve their motor skills. Great toys to consider include “Lego”, alphabet blocks, colored shapes, etc.

Autism Books : Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

Stories with Repetition and/or Rhyme

These books help in the development of speech skills. Good book examples you can consider include “Dr. Seuss” and “Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes”.

Autism Toys : Spelling Puzzle Cards

Mix and Match toys

Toys that involve sorting and grouping together matching numbers, colors, shapes, etc. help improve cognitive skills. One interesting toy for autistic child is “Match & Spell 3 – Letter Word”. This game teaches a child how to spell basic words by putting together matching colored cards that create a picture.

Autism Toys : Flashing Orbit Ball

Toys that light up

Toys such as the “flashing ball” are good for visual stimulation. When the ball is bounced, the colorful balls light up and flash.

Ages 8 – 12

Autism Toys : Calculator Cash Register

Calculator Cash Register
Calculator Cash Register, this is a perfect pretend toy for autistic child. This particular toy comes with a working calculator, pretend money (bills, coins and credit cards). This toy encourages creativity and math skills.

Autism Toys : My First Piano

Musical toy instrument

If your child has an interest in music, consider getting a toy instrument such as drums, guitar, recorder or piano with sheet music. These toys teach cognitive, motor, creative and sensory skills.

Autism Books : I Spy

Picture books

Picture books such as “I Spy” are great ways to engage your child’s imagination. “I Spy” has a collection of picture riddle books based on different themes.

Autism Toys : Monopoly Junior Edition

Classic board games

There are many classic board games to choose from including “KerPlunk”, “Scrabble Jr.”, “Monopoly Jr.”, “Trouble”, “Yahtzee”, etc. Board games can be a toy for autistic child that helps to improve social skills, and depending on the game, may help to develop cognitive and motor skills.


This is a unique sensory toy that is ideal for stretching, exercise, and making creative movements. The “Stretch-Eze” is a stretchy circular band that comes in different sizes and colors.

Keep in mind that the toys listed above are only toy for autistic child suggestions. You don’t need to base the toys you give your child on their age. In fact, many parents of autistic children find that any toy is acceptable if their child responds to it regardless of the age specifications on the box. Note: The only exception is choking hazard age warning.