April is Autism Awareness Month. According to Autism Speaks, 1 out of 54 children is affected by autism.
I have been in the field of special education for the past ten years. Currently, I have an autism program where we include multi-sensory toys into everyday learning. I also come across behaviors that require us to utilize various calm down tools and a sensory room.
Here’s my ultimate list of sensory items as a resource for all parents.
First and foremost, I love sensory bins! We use themed sensory bins throughout our day.
Sound puzzles, especially Melissa & Doug
Light Brite (yes, bringing it back!)
Pin Art Board
Bubble sensory toy, this is the newest and hottest sensory item
Liquid motion bubbles
Sensory bottles (DYI time)
Fiber optic lamp
Weighted lap pillow
Bean bag or Big Joe chair
Where to find these items?
Amazon, Five Below, Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Garage Sales, and Facebook Marketplace (especially the pricey items) are my go-to places.