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Toys For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders

Toys For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders

By Lauren Geers, MOTR/L, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many people are searching for the perfect gift for children. Holiday shopping can be stressful for many people but it can be especially stressful when shopping for a child who has a sensory processing disorder. Due to the wide range of sensory processing characteristics, this post is aimed at providing sensory toy ideas for more specific sensory characteristics which are listed below:

  • Easily distracted and/or fidgety
  • Craves movement and/or in constant motion
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Poor awareness of personal space
  • Clumsy (frequently falls or trips)
  • Seeking hugs or deep pressure input

Sensory Toy Ideas

  1. Body sox
  2. Peanut ball
  3. Weighted beanbags or weighted animals
  4. Tactile bins (homemade option)
  5. Rock around
  6. Cranium hullabaloo
  7. Mini trampoline
  8. Curve-a-beam
  9. Scooter
  10. Hammock Swings
  11. Strap swings (made for doorways)
  12. Net swings
  13. Bear hug compression vest
  14. Teeter popper
  15. Play tunnels

Websites to purchase sensory toys

  1. Fun and Function (great for affordable swing options)
  2. Amazon
  3. Southpaw
  4. Special Needs Toys
  5. Therapy Shoppe

If your child has more than a few of the symptoms listed above it may be beneficial to discuss the concerns with your doctor and seek an occupational therapy referral. Sensory integration therapy with an occupational therapist will assist your child in recognizing their unique sensory needs, implementation of strategies for use at home/school and developing automatic and appropriate responses to sensations so that activities can be accomplished.