Gift ideas for autistic children

Toys “R” Us released its rundown of ten toys that are awesome for youngsters on the autistic spectrum recently. This guide should offer friends and family of autistic children a few options for finding toys that give the best chances for fun and learning.

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Simple First Words: Let’s Talk

Priddy Books

Look at the picture, then find the corresponding button on the sound bar. At that point, press the button to hear the word. That’s it! There are no other sensations to distract children from learning simple words.


2-in-1 Snug ’n Secure Swing

Little Tikes

A plastic swing, giving children comfort and security while they learn balancing skills. A snug fit, offers comfort to them while doing so.


Smart Tablet


The colour changing screen helps keep the attention while children solve math, spelling, music and more! An excellent learning tool.


Sound Puzzles

Melissa & Doug

These sound puzzles provide a wealth of skill-building opportunities as kids use their hands to lift each puzzle piece by its knob. When the piece is placed correctly on the board, players are rewarded with a realistic sound of the vehicle in question! These auditory responses provide positive reinforcement and motivate continued play.


Disney Mickey’s Color Adventure Playland


Moose Mountain

This inflatable clubhouse offers engaging sensory and social opportunities as well as a place for children to feel safe and secure.


Jumpsmart Electronic Trampoline

Diggin’ Active

Kids can bounce along while learning games and silly songs! Should help promote balance, while every bounce is rewarded with sounds or music to keep the attention!


Calico Critters Family Camper and Cherry Cruiser

International Playthings

Sized right for tabletop or floor-time fun, these toys provide opportunities for imaginative play, as well as language and vocabulary development, as children tell travel tales about camping adventures. The top hinges on the camper open and a side folds out for easy access. And when it’s time to call it a day, hitch the camper to the Cherry Cruiser and head on home! Critter families sold separately.


Hungry Hungry Hippos


It’s fun to find out who has the hungriest hippo! Use an isolated finger or an entire hand… because one repetitive movement is all that it takes to start the frantic feeding! Plus, no reading is required. Players are also introduced to the concept of competition using parallel play—instead of turn-taking—  for a less-frustrating, more fun-filled, first gaming experience! (For 2-4 players. Includes game base, hippos, levers, marbles, stickers and instructions.) Careful parents, I nearly got RSI with this one.

Xbox 360 4GB Gaming System with Kinect


You’re the controller! The Kinect sensor uses full-body tracking that recognizes players and mirrors their every move. Exploring with the on-screen avatar helps provide children with a sense of self-awareness and movement. Kinetic stimulation comes into play by way of weight shifting, jumping, balance, and arm and leg movements. Visual tracking, attention, processing and reacting also play a major role in each game.


Bop It!


Milton Bradley

Bop, pull and twist your way to victory! Players listen to the auditory prompts and then respond quickly with manual movements that employ a whole-hand grasp. These various actions offer fun opportunities to reinforce listening skills and the importance of following directions. And the better players get the more  skill levels they’ll unlock. So, get ready to think fast!

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