Autism Sensory Tools
- EZPZ HAPPY MAT
- TIME TIMER VISUAL TIMER
- SENSEEZ VIBRATING PILLOW
- NO NOISE FIDGET BOX BY FIDGET CLUB
- EMS EARMUFFS FOR KIDS
- GONGE TACTILE DISKS
- CHEWIGEM JEWELRY
- MANIMO WEIGHTED ANIMALS
EIGHT ESSENTIAL SENSORY TOOLS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
In advance of Autism Awareness Month in April, a group of companies that create sensory tools for individuals with autism curated the Essential Eight Sensory Tools to help individuals (and, especially, children) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) navigate everyday life without sensory overload.
"Many parents of children newly diagnosed with autism aren't aware of the many tools that can help them and their child manage the stress in everyday activities that the disorder can create," says Heather Rogers, Vice President, Marketing & Operations of Time Timer, one of the essential tools. "We want to make it easier for parents to find ways to help their children feel calm and have their senses stimulated. From chewy jewelry to weighted pets to silent fidgets, this virtual toolbox of sensory products was designed with them and their child in mind.”
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a complex set of neurological disorders that severely impair social, communicative and cognitive functions. The following recommended tools have helped many individuals with autism, with some serving this population for more than 20 years.
"With the Essential Eight Sensory Tools, we've created a toolkit of items that keep an individual with ASD from feeling overwhelmed and help them when they do experience anxiety from external stress, says Stephanie Mitelman, Founder of Senseez, one of the tools. “We also included additional everyday items that just make life easier for them."
EZPZ HAPPY MAT
The Happy Mat is an all-in-one placemat + plate that suctions to the table and captures mealtime mess. Made from food safe silicone, it gives children with autism a sensory experience with a smile!
Product Link - EZPZFUN.COM
TIME TIMER VISUAL TIMER
Through visual cues, this timer empowers those with ASD to ‘see’ time pass as the red disk disappears. Helps with transition anxiety, sensory overload and sticking with routines. Perfect for kids of all ages and adults.
Product Link - TIMETIMER.COM
SENSEEZ VIBRATING PILLOW
These lightweight, fun-shaped and portable vibrating cushions offer a gentle sensation when they are squeezed or sat on to soothe the body. Great for home, school or on the go to help with relaxation, focus & calming anxiety.
Product Link - AMEP.COM
NO NOISE FIDGET BOX BY FIDGET CLUB
Hand picked by an autistic individual, this box features the most popular silent fidgets to busy the hands and free the mind. Perfect for classrooms, lectures, desks and meetings to always have a fidget on hand.
Product Link - FIDGETCLUB.COM
EMS EARMUFFS FOR KIDS
Light but sturdy and designed to take anywhere from sporting events to air travel. Reduces noise but still allows kids to hear the voice of parents, these are ideal for any child with ASD or sensory challenges.
Product Link - EARMUFFSFORKIDS.COM
GONGE TACTILE DISKS
Ideal for either hand-held or floor based activities, these disks challenge children’s sense of touch and their ability to describe sense impressions. The sight of these colorful disks arouses playfulness and a desire to touch, feel and explore.
Product Link - AMEP.COM
This line of jewelry provides a perfect alternative for those with ASD who have the need to chew when anxious or overstimulated. Made of silicone, these selfsoothers are safe, stylish and discreet.
Product Link - CHEWIGEMUSA.COM
MANIMO WEIGHTED ANIMALS
Created for kids with learning challenges, these weighted animals calm, sooth and comfort children with ASD. Great for class, during homework time or bedtime, they help decrease anxiety, better handle stress and feel centered no matter what their environment.
Product Link - MANIMO.CA