Holiday Gift Guide: Sensory-Friendly Edition

Need sensory-friendly gift ideas for the holidays?

It’s important to consider autistic individuals’ developmental abilities rather than their age when choosing gifts. Sensory-friendly toys are toys that don’t make a lot of sounds or have a lot of lights, while sensory toys actually engage the senses.

Some examples of sensory-friendly presents include things like bubbles, Play-Doh, sand, puzzles, and imaginative toys (farm or castle).

Some examples of sensory toys include things like slime, indoor therapy swings, pop tubes, stress balls, and fidget spinners.

Great toys for early learners round out our gift guide. Cause and effect toys, like those that pop up, get plenty of play at our centers. We also love inset puzzles, bristle blocks, marble runs, and magnetic tiles.