There are so many sensory items for autism, where should you begin? Since every person with autism is so different with different needs, the autism sensory products you choose will depend on what the user benefits from most. Our sensory tools for autism span over a range of themes and senses for this reason. If you think your child may have autism but you aren’t 100% sure, please read our blog post on how to recognize the most common early signs of autism to help you gain an understanding of autism.
Often, sensory diets can be very helpful for people with autism. A sensory diet uses sensory tools for autism to help children manage their stimulation or overstimulation and keep them appropriately calm or alert. You can find out more about sensory diets for autism here. You can use the following sensory items for autism as part of your sensory diet for the following senses:
Tactile autism sensory products
An important part of a sensory diet is engaging in a tactile activity. It can help build awareness of self and surroundings as well as strengthen hand-eye coordination. Additionally, some individuals with autism feel safe when they can feel light pressure, which creates a more effective and open platform for learning and concentrating.
Some key tactile sensory tools for autism include:
Being immersed in ball pits is not only fun but also creates an experience of buoyant support with a pressure sensation which promotes relaxation. Our LED Interactive Ball Pool can change through a cycle of eight colors when activated which can be highly calming. The user of the ball pall just needs to press any of the colored switches on top of the soft walls of the ball pit to control the color change. While being tactile and soothing, this also becomes an opportunity to learn about cause and effect.
Fiber optic strands are safe and fun to touch and play with. They can be draped over the individual’s lap who can then engage with them. Choose from a Fiber Optic Softie on which the individual with autism can sit or explore our selection of fiber optic tools such as a Fiber Optic Shower, Fiber Optic Jellyfish, Fiber Optic Wall Cascade or Sensory Cocoon.
Olfactory sensory tools for autism
The power of smell is undeniable and certain smells can be soothing or stimulating depending on what your goal is. Children with autism who are hypersensitive may benefit from a relaxing scent while hyposensitive children may require something more invigorating.
A key olfactory sensory tool for autism is an aromatherapy diffuser which uses scent to engage with the senses. Our Sensory Room Aromatherapy Package includes a diffuser and six essential oils.
Calming oils that soothe the senses include:
- Lavender Highland
- Sweet Orange
- Relaxation (blend)
- Stress Management (blend)
- Ylang Ylang
Energizing oils that help maintain focus include:
- Eucalyptus Globulus
Auditory sensory things for autism
Relaxing sounds can work wonders in sensory diets but sound therapy also includes the benefits of vibrations and rhythms. These benefits can help regulate mood and encourage focus and development of skills. Some auditory tools for autism include:
The vibrating platform allows the user to feel the music pulsing while they lay on it which can be an incredibly calming experience. The choice of music is up to the individual using it – calming music for the hypersensitive or stimulating music for the hyposensitive. Whatever the individual’s processing needs are, the vibrating platform is a flexible tool. The volume and vibration levels can be controlled and music can be streamed through the platform using Bluetooth.
The sound wall combines auditory sensory tools with a tactile experience which lends itself well to a sensory diet. This interactive panel allows the user to create music in a fun way by touching one of the colored hands on the wall, which creates a unique sound! This activity encourages hand eye coordination and an understanding of cause and effect.
Appealing to the visual senses is another important way to use sensory items for autism. There are a number of ways to explore this but two key items we recommend are:
The projector casts images and films onto walls and surfaces bringing image and sounds to life. This immersive experience can be highly engaging for individuals with autism and depending on the material, can either be calming or stimulating.
A bubble tube is another way to calm an individual with autism through mesmerizing motion and colors. The bubbles in a bubble tube are lit up with LED lights which change through a gentle gradient of color to enhance the relaxing appearance of the bubble tube.
The items in this list are just some of the many sensory items for autism that we provide. If you’re looking for products that meet a particular need, simply get in touch and we can help you find sensory tools for autism tailored to your needs.