How To Choose a Toy for an Autistic Child

Did you know that in 2022, ‘1 in every 100 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. About 1 in 44 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States according to the CDC.’

As autism makes life challenging for many, it’s essential that we have toys suitable for autistic children. They deserve to enjoy life with accessible and fun toys, just like other children. Here are some tips about how to choose a toy for them!

First, What is Autism?

To better understand how to meet the needs of an autistic child, it’s important to first understand how autism works. 

According to the CDC, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain.” They describe how those with autism have trouble with social communication and interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. 

Individuals with autism may have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention. 

How to Choose A Toy for an Autistic Child

Common things to avoid when choosing a toy for an autistic child is anything super noisy or unpredictable, as well as group games. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Enhance Focus

Autistic children can easily be distracted, so it’s important to find a toy to channel that energy to. Purchase a toy that will be somewhat easy to use but also that challenges them in some way. Try a toy that doesn’t require adult assistance so they can enjoy it all on their own.

2. Keep Their Interests in Mind

It’s courteous to keep the child’s interests in mind when choosing a toy. If they are constantly choosing to play with toys that light up, buy visually stimulating toys. If they like to touch certain textures, buy texture-sensory toys. 

3. Try the Moov Mini

Fidget products can help with all the distractions that come with Autism and help ease stress. Our fidget toy called the Moov Mini helps with…

  • Reducing stress 
  • Calming anxiety
  • Improving focus/concentration
  • Calming through a sensory input

This revolutionary, therapeutic toy helps both kids and adults “play away” socially challenging, mood-diminishing moments – anytime, anywhere. It induces positive energy and playfulness, enhances learning and attention, and cultivates creativity, imagination, and healthy social interactions. 
Learn more about our Moov Mini fidget toys today.