Kids who are on the autism spectrum have unique gifts in certain areas, while they struggle at the same time in others. They may be able to see the logic or process in a math problem or science experiment, but find it difficult to express their findings or read the emotions of others. The key here is to embrace their strengths and facilitate deeper learning while providing measures to shore up areas they may need help in, like time management or self regulation. Here are our 10 top picks for products that can provide additional support for kids on the autism spectrum while challenging them to surpass any obstacles they face.
- Tumble Trax™ Magnetic Marble Run captures visual attention with pattern and motion. Position and adjust the magnetic pieces on a refrigerator or other magnetic surface, and use refined movements to place the small marbles. Tumble Trax also enhances problem solving opportunities and provides sensory stimulation.
- Gears! Gear! Gears!® Sets combine the often-desired, self–soothing repetitive action of spinning with sequential thought, problem solving, and manual dexterity. Self–Help
- Where is Howie's Owie?™ is a great magnetic activity to assist visual learners in understanding their own bodies. It can be used as a tool to help kids communicate their physical needs and provides a way to learn body parts through play and repetition.
- Basic Vocabulary Photo Cards are great to use as a picture exchange communication system for kids who have little or no speech. This provides an alternate way of communicating, lessening the frustration kids may face in expressing a want or need. Sensory Integration
- Primary Science Sensory Tubes let children explore different tactile objects without having to physically touch them. These tubes offer sensory stimulation without leading to sensory overload. And they present kids with a way to calm or self–soothe during stressful situations.
- Ruff's House Teaching Tactile Set provides different textures for kids who crave more stimulation. The small rubber and cloth bones feature smooth, silky, scratchy, bumpy, and ridged textures, and help kids learn the abstract language of adjectives by describing what they feel. And the bones are great to use as fidget toys to self–soothe. Social and Behavioral
- Color Cubed Strategy Game requires little language, but encourages interaction with turn taking. It incorporates strong visual skills in game play and helps strengthen spatial and strategic thinking skills.
- All About Me 2 in 1 Mirrors provide a way to introduce self–recognition. Kids can explore, experience, and identify facial expressions and emotions. And mirrors can be helpful to let kids watch their mouth positions and movement for speech development. Time Management
- Time Tracker® helps children who have trouble transitioning from one activity to another by giving a warning when time is winding down. It also features lights that change from green to yellow to red as visual cues for time elapsing; activate optional sounds for an auditory “heads up”.
- Daily Schedule Pocket Chart provides a visual of the day broken down by time and activity so kids know what to expect. This strategy provides more predictability and control in daily management.
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By unleashing their imaginations, children learn problem solving and practice real–life skills, helping them grow up to be creative thinkers. At Learning Resources® our mission is to provide high-quality and innovative products that provide fun and engaging learning opportunities for children as they explore, discover their world and develop their creative side. Our award–winning educational toys, learning toys, discovery toys, and teaching tools are designed by educators and have been beloved by teachers, parents and children for over 30 years.
Give the little learners in your life more than a toy. Learning Resources toys are designed to foster the development of key skills for children of all ages. Our extensive selection of learning toys & games is perfect for promoting hand–eye coordination, early numeracy skills, letter recognition, critical thinking and imaginative play.
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