The Canvas Grey

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Autism and Toys

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on October 16, 2007

 My eyes flew wide-open when we walked into the TOYS”R”US store last week when I saw the Ten Toys That Speak To Autism flyer that accompanied the Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.     www.toysrus.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2257808

We were on the hunt for Big Boy’s birthday gift while he was tucked in safely at school.  I love this catalog and the fact that there was a flyer there with AUTISM plain to see! 

Awareness is the first step on the path!  Awareness is growing! 

Thank you TOYS”R”US!  Thank you to the people with money who are making things happen in the world of autism!

Learn, Grow, Glow!

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3 Responses to “Autism and Toys”

  1. thecanvasgrey said

    A person I hold in the highest esteem sent me the following concerning this post. She is the first angel God sent to us to work with our son. She set us on the right path and her advice has served us well. I think all parents could benefit from her advice:

    “…I do wish however that Toy Companies would not promote battery operated talking/flashing “cause and effect toys” so much. Our kids need to be playing with their siblings, peers and/or parents, grandparents, etc who will model language and talk about what the children are doing vs. having a toy speak, etc. Kids do not really pay attention to talking, flashing, music except as background or literally cause and effect. They push a button and the toy reacts. Then we wonder why our children have difficulty with peers, teachers, etc. Maybe because every time the child does something there isn’t always a reaction! Please let our children develop some imagination!!! Board games, blocks, toys to make their own music, farm sets, kitchen sets, dolls, cars, etc. without the batteries are still the best toys for developing purposeful play and language.”

    She is 100% right!

  2. Yes-BUT! Please remember that kids with autism also deserve to have some toys just for fun, too! Not everything has to be typically educational. Many times the toys that you would like for them to engage with are plain not something they like or will pay attention to. The best idea is to try a range of toys, as many in their specific interests as possible. Try for a puzzle, a construction toy, art supplies, dolls/puppets, vehicles, books, a board game, music toy, and yes, some sensory toys. Fidgets and sensory toys can fulfill needs, be relaxing, and be used as rewards. Battery toys and DVDs are sometimes great, too, because they are calming and reassuring since they are predictable. Learning can also take place when they respond better to these types of mechanical/electronic toys than people. Sometimes exciting toys that both “regular” kids and autistic kids BOTH like are great for interactions- like music/sound toys, pin arts, sprinklers, weird balls, etc.
    PS The autism awareness of the chain store flyer is great, but some of the toys they picked are a little strange!

  3. FXSmom said

    Wow! Talk about timing 🙂

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