Autistic children have their own varied needs and difficulties to start with. They themselves do not understand their own mental processes that affects how they behave or how they process events and experiences and even sensory inputs, thus the difficulty and challenges for them are way harder than an ordinary person.
So how can families help their members with autism in terms of their hardships and difficulties that they face every day? One way is to help them adjust and adapt to their difficulties with sensory products. Here are some of the most common products that helps autistic children.
Yoga balls are a great tool in helping people achieve their desired physique but yoga balls are also great tools to help with proprioceptive autistic children in their growth and developmental processes. Yoga balls are used in many sensorimotor intensive program for autistic children during their therapy. For many this helps them develop a sense of focus and calm in therapy sessions.
Toy clays for example help these children with disabilities in their paly therapy. Through these toy clays, these children could form and learn shapes with the use of their hands and also their fine motor skills are also developed in the process. Toy clay also help develop their sense or creativity as they form their own figures and some are even asked to explain or tell a story about the figure they made.
Many autistic children form strong liking and attachments to certain things and items, some even bring these items around or hold on to these items for the whole day. Having these items makes them feel comfortable and calm even in situations they do not understand. Stuffed toys are one of those items which are great to have around, when children with autism have a meltdown or a tantrum, stuffed toys are a good way to calm them down.
Autism has its effects on certain senses in a person, and one of the most common is the auditory processes. Some are very sensitive to certain sounds that they end up having a meltdown because of being overloaded with that sound. Many parents of autistic children use a noise-cancelling headphones whenever their child feels overwhelmed, this way they can control the sensory input and also calm their child in the process of doing so.
Blankets and pillows are a great thing to have especially when you have a neurodivergent child. Pillows have a comforting effect which helps children with autism adapt to difficult situations, making them more calm and can then be well adjusted to the events surrounding them. Weighted blankets are also great products to use to calm them and also to promote quality sleep since many children in the spectrum have a trouble with continuous quality sleep.
Do some research yourself and find that products might fit into your child’s needs and purchase it, no matter how costly it may be as long as it is for the development and wellbeing of your child it is worth buying.