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Top Autism Sensory Toys For Christmas

Autism sensory toys are a must for our son because they help his anxiety and relax his brain.

It has been seven long years to get where we are today with our son, and I hope our experience helps.

If you have a child with Autism, you know the daily struggles of some parents more than others.

The amount of work it takes to care for our child is difficult at times.

We don’t disclose his diagnosis to anyone other than who needs to know.

For those that do know, they have no idea what we’ve been going through.

I hear my wife crying nights because her son won’t say he loves her.

Often we would see other children doing what we wanted our son to do instead of hiding.

We’ve come to terms with it now and have met other parents which children on the spectrum.

The great news is as he gets older, he is getting 100x better with experience, support and his medications.

Buying toys for a child with a disability can be tough. Our son has Autism so we bought him all the toys listed in this post. I hope it helps other parents.
The Best Autism Toys to buy children for Christmas.

School Teacher Had Concerns

We thought our son was meeting all his milestones as we documented what we needed for our doctor.

It wasn’t until he started junior kindergarten and realized he was the same but different.

The kids in his class would come to chat with us in the morning and conversation.

Our son never had conversations with us, although he could string along a sentence.

It wasn’t until mid-year that we spoke with his teacher and evaluated him.

We were both emotional but willing to do whatever it took to help our son, but it never went away.

Autism is for life, although as one gets older, they adapt, and it gets easier due to repetition.

Buying toys for a child on the spectrum can be challenging, so we wanted to show you what we bought and what has worked.

They all make excellent Christmas and Birthday gifts or just because gifts.

For any parents with children with special needs such as our son, these might interest you.

At the time, we didn’t know that he had a mild form of ASD1, also known as Aspergers.

On top of Autism, he also has anxiety and Sensory Processing Disorder, where his entire body moves together.

We learned that he never lost his baby reflexes since he did not crawl. He just got up one morning and walked, and that was that.

A Child getting an eye exam
A child getting an eye exam.

He struggles with sensory processing information such as touch, movement, smell, taste, vision and hearing.

We had his vision and hearing checked to be safe, and it turned out he needed glasses.

Occasionally, I would notice that he would skip a line when reading a book.

Costs For Occupational Therapy

Over the past two years, he’s been going to occupational therapy (OT), and we’ve seen many improvements.

Although my work benefits cover $2000 a year for OT, which is not enough.

The cost is $125 an hour, although we could book parent sessions, which allowed me to use my $2000 worth of benefits.

Once a week, he would see a speech pathologist in school, but that’s over now.

A person with ASD level 1 usually is able to speak in full sentences and communicate, but has trouble engaging in back-and-forth conversation with others. They may try to make friends, but not be very successful.3

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We’re working on filling the online forms with the government to get him more services.

We are also in the process of updating his Individual Education Program (IEP) at school so he gets the services he needs to thrive at school.

The diagnosis process took two years from the Canadian Mental Health Association and specialists from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Money We Spent For Toys He Hardly Used

We’ve been thinking about what autism sensory toys we could buy our son for Christmas.

I can’t even tell you how many toys we’ve purchased over the years that he didn’t use.

If he did play with something, it was forgotten about very quickly.

Over the years, we’ve successfully recouped the money by reselling the toys on Facebook.

In the garage, still in the original boxes, I have brand new rollerblades, skates he’s used three times, hockey nets and a skater learning aid to sell.

It turns out when you have sensory processing disorder, skating and even using a bike is difficult.

Video Games and Word Apps

When the novelty of cars and trucks wore off came video gaming, and he can talk up a storm with you.

Some parents don’t agree with video games, but they have helped our son so much.

He loves building with Roblox on his PS4 and has made spectacular designs.

When he was being schooled from home during the pandemic, his teacher introduced him to coding.

I was shocked when I realized how into it he was and how he sees things from different perspectives.

His hand-eye coordination is better; he’s learning new words and increased communication.

We have an app on both our phones and his tablet that helps a child develop words.

He absolutely loves it, as do the other kids in his class, because a few of them want to play with him.

  • Word Connect App
  • Word Crush App
  • Word Stacks App

Instead of being quiet and shy, he’s breaking out of his shell, which has been very difficult for him.

Medications For Autism (ASD1)

Both Mrs. CBB and I chose to medicate our son to have a better quality of life.

When Mrs. CBB was a child, she was bullied in school to the point where it still hurts her deep inside.

There was no way we wanted to see our son bullied for something he couldn’t control.

We can’t save him from bullies, but we can teach him how to handle a situation.

Using the medication has changed our son into a kid who isn’t as shy as he used to be.

He’ll jump into a soccer game at school with boys in higher grades and enjoys having friends.

His reading skills are at the top of his class, although I work with him on math and spelling nightly.

Missing A Dose Of Medication

If we ever forget his medications, you can see a large difference in how he acts.

Some parents do not medicate their child on the weekend, but we’ve chosen to do it seven days a week.

This was no easy avenue for us to take, but we didn’t want him to grow up and ask us why we didn’t do more.

As parents, you’ll either win or lose, so go with your gut feeling to protect your child the way you want.

Some parents don’t wish to medicate, and that’s fine also because they know their child the best.

Popular Sensory Toys We Have Purchased

We’ve been thinking about what autism sensory toys we could buy our son for Christmas.

We avoided toys with bright lights or loud noises as he was petrified of the hand dryer.

After much discussion, we purchased him an XBOX with our PC Optimum points, Full OSMO kit, and Roblox gift cards.

We put in underwear, socks, a book, Dairy milk chocolate bars, orange pencils and erasers, and silly putty for stocking stuffers.

Sell or Donate What Your Child Did Not LIke or Use

I can’t even tell you how many toys we’ve purchased over the years that he didn’t use.

We tried to get back the money we spent by reselling the toys on Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji.

I think we did a great job selling what he didn’t use, many of which came with the boxes.

We have brand new rollerblades, skates he’s used three times, hockey nets and a skater learning aid to sell.

Sensory Toys Your Child Will Love

Autism Sensory Toys

Below are some of the sensory toys we’ve purchased for our son over the past year.

We did not project these expenses because we didn’t know we’d end up at this point.

The Emergency Savings Fund was used for a few items, but the rest fell under miscellaneous.

We are now increasing our KIDS budget category for 2022 for any other items we need to use.

Autism sensory toys 2022
These are a few of the Autism sensory toys we’ve bought our son for over the past year.

Parents Helping Other Parents

I hope this gives you some ideas for Christmas gifts this season and that they help your child as much as it has for our son.

Mr.CBB

Please share any ideas you’ve built or purchased in the comment section below.

Top Autism Sensory Toys For Christmas

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  2. Have you looked into an Autism support dog? I am currently fostering a puppy for lions foundation dog guides and they have an amazing autism program. I believe there is a waiting list (not helped by the disruption of COVID shutdowns) but it may also be possible to adopt a “career changed” dog that didn’t make the cut for some reason, often not specifically behaviour or training related. They have information on their website as well as posts with great results for families struggling with autism. Lions Foundation Autism Assistance program waitlist is unfortunately currently closed but there may be other programs out there that offer this. Here is a link to a Facebook story about a family that had a profound improvement with the help of an autism assistance dog. Lions Foundation dogs are no charge to clients but I am not sure how other programs work. Career change adoptions do have an adoption fee.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for the suggestion. We used to have a dog, but it would be too hard for us with our schedule. We did, however, buy our son a kitten, which is like another child. He’s more than enough for us right now. Another point is that our son does not like how loud the dogs are when they bark. As you probably know, each child is different. It’s been very tough for us. I hope your suggestion helps another parent who reads it. Have a Merry Christmas, Susan, Mr.CBB

      1. Yes every child has different needs especially those on the spectrum. That makes the whole process even more difficult. One of the challenges I found (granted this was over 20 years ago) is finding good resources and support. I won’t get into all the details of my situation but I will say that my son is now 25 and is living with his girlfriend, finished high school thanks to special people in the school system, and is completing his electrical apprenticeship. The challenges are not over and I still cry way too much. I did learn how to deal with him over the years but I also made many choices I now regret and would not repeat. One book I found very helpful is called The Explosive Child. I actually went to an education conference (I am not a teacher) to see the author speak and it was life changing. Today there are more resources but I am sure as parents the struggle is just as difficult. I believe you just have the one child. I have a younger child who is a textbook “perfect” child. He helped me understand that it wasn’t me that was the problem (despite what many people thought) and I realized the people who gave me simple advice had a child like son #2 and had no idea what dealing with son #1 was like. It took many years for me to understand that and to stop believing I was a failure.
        PS Luckily my foster pop doesn’t bark. Literally. Never barks. He is 7 months old and I have heard him bark twice. I did do a search of other autism assistance dog programs and it seems like all of them are overwhelmed by demand and have closed their lists. COVID19 shut down a lot of programs and they are struggling to get caught up.

        Merry Christmas and happy new year. I look forward to continuing to read your blogs. They are very interesting.

        1. Hi Susan,
          Thanks for sharing a bit about what you’ve been going through. Mrs. CBB blamed herself but now knows it was nothing she did. Our son has mild autism and has never had a breakdown apart from being in the middle of the airport when we were travelling. He was only 3 and to be fair changing planes was something we did on purpose so he could get out and move around. Other than that no issues with going to bed at night, potty training was easy, he gets dressed on his own, brushes his teeth. His Sensory Processing Disorder is unreal as he can’t sit still. He moves around all the time or he’s upside down. We have him in Occupational Therapy for that and the school had a speech therapist which I don’t know if he will get again. We just submitted the official diagnosis to the relevant people including the school. I’ll have to update his IEP. He has a resource teacher that sees him weekly as well. He’s shy until he gets to know someone and then he’s off and away. He never missed a day of school on his own unless it was for OT. No one can say they understand what a parent goes through with an autistic child unless they have one. Thanks again for sharing. It always helps us to read about others’ situations.
          Mr. CBB P.S Awesome trade he’s studying for and it can take him anywhere in Canada. Trades are in need of good people who want to work.

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