What is a sensory toy and how do they help?

May 12, 2020

Responses provided by Arianna Esposito, Autism Speaks Director of Lifespan and Supports

What is a sensory toy? Why might they be more appealing to children on the spectrum than toys that have not been designed with their needs in mind?

A sensory toy is one that is specially designed to stimulate one or more of the senses. Sensory toys may be more appealing to children on the spectrum because they can help the child remain calm and provide the sensory experience they want.

How do these types of toys benefit these children? How does it stimulate their senses?

These types of toys benefit children on the spectrum by helping them engage with their senses, provide feedback to their sensory systems, and regulate their sensory needs.

What types of toys do you seek for children on the spectrum? What makes a toy appropriate or beneficial for a child on the spectrum?

Like all kids, children with autism seek a variety of toys based on their interests and preferences. A toy that’s appropriate or beneficial for a child with autism is one that enables the child to engage in play with their family, friends, or peers. It is also a toy that is designed so the child can interact and use the toy in a way that is accessible to them.

How do the toys in the Sensory Crate benefitting Autism Speaks help children with sensory needs?

The toys in the Sensory Crate benefitting Autism Speaks provide engagement that may appeal to a variety of children. They are fun and exciting with popular characters! Learn more about the Loot Crate Sensory Crate

Sensory Crate
DIY your own sensory toys with ideas here. 

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