Empowering the Special Needs Community
Top 10 Gifts for Autistic Children
Valentine’s Day is almost here and most of our employees have children with autism and special needs. As a company whose mission is to keep children with autism safe and happy, we compiled a list of the best gifts for autistic children. These are AngelSense mom-approved and of course, includes our AngelSense GPS Tracker for Autism!
1. Peaceful Pals are a Great Gift for Kids with Autism
These super soft and cuddly animals are weighted to help soothe children with autism. There are a collection of different animals to choose from including unicorns, monkeys, sharks, puppies, and even an octopus friend. They also have basic shapes like stars and hearts.
You can choose from 3 or 5lb Peaceful Pals that are sure to become your child with autism’s favorite gift this holiday season. Some of the great things about these little, heavy creatures are that no one can tell them apart from a regular stuffed animal, they are machine washable, and have been known to help children with ASD sleep better.
2. Dimpl Sensory and Fidget Toys for Autistic Kids
There are several great Dimpl gifts for autistic children, toddlers, and babies. These soft, easy to hold toys are great for those who get overstimulated and need sensory stimulus.
These colorful toys make the perfect gift for kids with autism who need to work on fine motor skills, finger strength, learning to count, and offer a coping mechanism for stimming and sensory processing.
Dimpl Digits offers squishy numbered bubbles that can be pushed and popped to learn. They have the number written in English and Spanish as well as dots to count.
Dimple Duo is the perfect gift for learning shapes through texture, color, and words using buttons that are fun to feel, push, and pop!
3. Squigz Provide Sensory Stimulation for Kids with ASD
Another great gift for autistic children from Fat Brain Toys are Squigz. These fun and colorful pieces pop together to create whatever your child can imagine. They offer sensory stimulation while encouraging creativity. Kids love these squishy suction toys that help fine-tune motor skills, creative experimentation, playful interaction, color sorting, hand strength, and problem-solving.
These fun toys are non-toxic and come in different sizes and have an array of accessories like Loops and Toobz. One of our favorites are the Whirly Squigz spinning flowers.
Chewies are wonderful gifts for autistic children to help develop oral motor skills, get used to different textures, stay focused, and feel secure. There is a range of chewy items that are great for infants and young children, as well as several kinds of chewies that are designed for older children and teens.
Jellystone Designs has stylish chewie necklaces that children and teens with autism can wear and have easy access to all day. They are made in fun and fashionable designs of non-toxic silicone that is BPA free and they all have a breakaway clasp.
5. Gonge Balancing Gifts for Autistic Children
From River Stones to Hill Tops and Arches any child with Autism will love these balance building products as a Christmas gift. Gonge has taken the fun adventures of playing hot lava to new heights, textures, and colors. Kids can build tactile courses to help with balance, stability, jump, walking and vestibular training. They also have great products for hand-eye coordination, motoric unrest, tension headaches, and fall reflexes.
Brightly colored, soft, and in an array of tactile sensory surfaces for both hands and feet, these gifts are sure to be a favorite this holiday season.
6. Kinetic Sand
Bring the beach home, with colorful and far less messy Kinetic Sand. Kids with autism will love this gift that will let them create sandcastles and anything else they can imagine, at home. Not your typical sand, this lets you squish and mold and shape it into anything you want without adding water. Kids can build, cut, mush, and squeez for hours of satisfying play and fine motor skills tuning that encourages sensory exploration and creativity.
This popular gift will be a hit for your child with autism who loves playing in the sand.
7. Brainteaser Puzzle Gifts for Children with Autism
There are an endless array of unique and fun puzzles that help encourage problem-solving, concentration, and critical thinking. Most come with easy, medium, hard, and extra hard levels and have fun, bright colors. Some of our favorites include:
Coggy provides a tactile experience for older kids who will love using their brains to arrange and click gears together to match cards in different levels of difficulty.
Crankity Brainteaser gets your child with autism’s brain cranking by putting together gears using critical thinking, problem-solving, and concentration.
Ivan’s Hinge lets kids twist, fold, loop, turn, and bend pieces to find solutions that are stimulating and relaxing, while refining visual special skills with curiosity, determination, and logic.
Build It Blueprint Puzzles for younger kids is a great gift to work on spatial reasoning and logic, as well as concentration. There are easier and more challenging brightly colored puzzles in the shape of a dog house, barn, cabin, or birdhouse.
8. The Autism Playbook for Teens & Teen Talk
Help your teen with autism build independence and connect with others with imagination based mindfulness activities. The book is full of activities to help them calm their minds, build relationships, relax, and have fun. While Teen Talk cards can help them spark conversations and fun discussions.
9. Sensory Sox for Kids with Autism, ADHD, or SPD
Give your autistic child the gift of a hug this holiday season. Sensory Sox are perfect for any child who craves sensory input and compression hugs. It can be used to develop motor planning skills and enhance spatial and body awareness or just provide a calm, comforting environment for your child.
10. AngelSense GPS Safety Device for Kids with Autism
Ok, this is really a gift for parents of children with autism, but there is nothing more important than giving your child the gift of safety and well-being. It is also a great gift for older children and teens who are craving more independence and freedom.
AngelSense is a comprehensive GPS location tracking device that was specifically designed to address the unique safety concerns of those with autism. It not only provides accurate location information but also intelligent, lifesaving iAlerts that proactively let you know if your child is in a potentially dangerous situation. On top of that, there is an Assistive Speakerphone that automatically answers to let you get ahold of your child at any time, and there is also an SOS button on the device if they want to get ahold of you.
Give them the gift of maximum safety and yourself the gift of maximum peace of mind!