Autism Awareness Month: Helpful Toys for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Autism Awareness Month: Helpful Toys for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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April is Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness and fostering meaningful conversation about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the people whose lives it touches. Many educational toy companies have specific initiatives dedicated to raising awareness and providing products that address the needs of children on the spectrum. Find some examples below.

TIME MANAGEMENT
Time management skills allow children to plan, prioritize and exercise control over the amount of time spent on activities. Tools like clocks, charts, calendars and timers assist with efficiency and productivity.

Good Job Reward Chart
This customizable magnetic responsibility chart features magnetic tiles and stickers corresponding to common household tasks, from “Make the Bed” and “Help with Dinner” to “Do Homework” and “Brush Your Teeth.” After picking out the tasks of their choice (or customizing their own with the set’s blank stickers), kids and parents can track daily progress with the set’s positive accomplishment magnets. Ages 3+, $24.99

 

Time Tracker Visual Timer & Clock
This unique timer’s light and sound cues help to keep your child on track. Features 180° viewing and a large, easy to read LCD display. Allows quick programming of three colored lights (red, yellow and green) that alert children to time remaining. Ages 3+, $39.99

 

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL
Social and behavioral skills give children the ability to get along with others, act appropriately in different situations and make good choices to strengthen interpersonal relationships.

Chickapig
Chickapig is a highly social and strategic board game where players attempt to get their Chicken-Pig hybrids across the board to reach their goals while dodging opponents, hay bales, and an ever-menacing pooping cow. This farm-to-table board game is easy to learn and takes between 30-60 minutes to play. Ages 8+, $19.99

 

Kids on Stage
Enjoy a game of charades with fun twists in Kids on Stage. This colorful game is for kids ages 3 to 8, so it makes for a great group activity. This game is good for early childhood development and building communication skills. Ages 3+, $19.99

 

SENSORY INTEGRATION
Sensory integration is the ability to take in and interpret information from the senses. Sensory integration toys help children strengthen their ability to receive sensory stimulation and relate them to previous experiences.

Playfoam
Fantastic creatures are hiding inside Playfoam Pals Fantasy Friends. Each pod of magically-mixed, three-tone sparkle Playfoam hides an adorable Fantasy Friend to collect. Playfoam is Educational Insights’ best selling squishy squashy molding compound that never dries out. Collect all 12 Playfoam Pals in each series and use the squishy, squashy Playfoam to sculpt nests, beds, perches, and other play props. Ages 5+, $47.99 (12-pack), $21.99 (6-pack), $7.99 (2-pack)

 

Count & Color Choo Choo
Driven by a friendly conductor figure that plugs right into the engine, this interactive train set pulls a load of learning lessons thanks to its cargo of removable blocks that come in different numbers, shapes and colors. Kids can sort the blocks by shape and color, count up the total number found in the train, or build fine motor skills while loading the blocks back into their rightful train cars. Ages 2+, $24.99

About the author

Denise Koeth is managing/digital editor of Northeast Ohio Parent. She writes for and assists with production of the print magazine, as well as manages digital content on the NortheastOhioParent.com website and oversees the brand’s social media activity. Denise grew up in Northeast Ohio and she and her husband are currently raising their two boys here.

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