Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

There are several ways to handle anxiety and overstimulation for kids with Autism. Here's 21 Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

There are several ways to handle anxiety and overstimulation for kids with Autism. Here's 21 Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

When the twins were diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, I had NO clue what to do. I sat in the Psychologist’s office and cried. I walked out in a daze, got into the car and called my Mom and cried some more.

After realizing crying over spilled milk is not going to fix the problem, I started to research and figure out how to help my boys. Thankfully, the team at their pre-school was fantastic! They gave me resources, let me vent, and helped me in any way they could. One of our biggest issue back then and even now is finding the right type of sensory equipment. Each twin had their set of needs, but Twin B struggled with more sensory issues vs. Twin A.

  • He is sensitive to loud noises
  • Certain fabric/patterns bother him
  • He is still sensitive to certain food patterns, looks, etc.

He still has aggressive behaviors, but we’ve seen those decrease with certain medications and finding the right type of sensory toys for him. It’s on my list to buy him a nice weighted blanket. I have found by trial and error (and after reading a ton of blogs, books, etc.”.) he does well when pressure is applied. When kids get overstimulated, you will see more aggressive behaviors, “tantrums”, or “acting o.” I use those terms loosely since they are not trying to act out. For many kids, being able to communicate non-verbally is through their bodies. Applying pressure can help to relieve anxiety to an overstimulated mind and body. Twin B has HUGE anxiety problems, and whenever I hear the tone of his voice escalating, I know he needs a sensory break. He will also fidget a lot, pick at things, and pace. Those are his trigger warnings telling me, “Y’all better pay attention before it gets ugly!”

When he was little, he would lay on the floor and scream. Since he couldn’t talk, I had no clue on what was wrong with him. I’m glad those nightmarish days are behind us.

There are several ways to handle anxiety and overstimulation for kids with Autism. Here's 21 Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

{Twin A graciously agreed to let me photograph him in the Space Explorer}

The boys recently turned 13 and are officially teenagers.  I have struggled to find age-appropriate sensory products for them. I recently came across a site called After exploring their site, I was able to find a few tools to use with the boys. I was able to search for tools/toys by my specific need: teen appropriate sensory tools. I ordered a Space Explorer. This product was recommended for teens with Autism. It’s the ultimate body stocking which allows a kid to get inside and move around. It also “provides calming deep pressure, heavy work, and proprioception input.”

There are several ways to handle anxiety and overstimulation for kids with Autism. Here's 21 Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

The Space Explorers are made with comfortable ‘resistive’ material. While this was purchased specifically for the twins, Zayd’n (the youngest boy) is already scheming on how he can have it. While he doesn’t have Autism, he loves to crawl into little places and use his imagination to create cool and awesome places. It’s safe to say The Space Explorer would also work for him too!

Zaydn Space Explorer is one of the leading resources when it comes to kid-friendly sensory tools. Their vision is to empower our differences, and in doing so, those differences will make the world a better, more fun and more exciting place to be.

I agree. I mean, how boring the world would be if we were 100% identical?

As Parents, we spend a lot of time online looking for the best resources and tools to help our kids. I wish I would have known about sites like the twins were first diagnosed. So, I’m doing my service in passing on this valuable tip to you, my Autism Parent. Not only can you use these tools at home, but several are specifically designed for the classroom. This site has a plethora of resources for special needs kids, including sensory ideas for kids with Autism.

zaydn space explorer review

What are some of your sensory concerns for you child(ren)? What are some of his or her favorite ways to release anxiety? When Twin B’s anxiety was at an all-time high, we would send him out to the trampoline every day after school and have him jump for about 20 minutes. Hopefully, these sensory ideas are helpful for you and your family!

There are several ways to handle anxiety and overstimulation for kids with Autism. Here's 21 Sensory Ideas For Kids With Autism

Here are 21 Sensory Ideas For Any Age:

  1. Sensory Balloons (Classic Housewife)
  2. Ocean Sensory Play for Toddlers (Twodaloo)
  3. Painting with Balls (Teaching 2&3Year Olds)
  4. Making Colorful and Scented Rice for Preschool (Teaching Preschool)
  5. Sensory Gloves for Toddlers and Babies (Laughing Kids Learn)
  6. Cloud Dough (Juggling with Kids)
  7. Sensory Bags (Teaching Munchkins)
  8. Snow Play Recipes (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  9. Mini Volcanoes (Blog Me )
  10. Scented & Edible Play Sand (Blog Me Mom)
  11. Rainbow Soap Slime (Learn with Play at Home)
  12. Balloon Art (Meri Cherry)
  13. Bright and Colorful Sensory Bags (Teach Preschool)
  14. Mango Playdough (Blog Me Mom)
  15. Dinosaur Sensory Play (Meri Cherry)
  16. Rainbow Spaghetti (Meri Cherry)
  17. Fruit Sensory Bin (Sulia)
  18. 93 Sensory Activities for Any Child (Mommy Poppins)
  19. Super Mario Sensory Bin (Crayon Freckles)
  20. Several Sensory Activities & Play Ideas (Learning 4 Kids)

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  1. April 28, 2016

    These all seem like great ideas. I bet they will be greatly appreciated by parents of kids with autism.

  2. April 28, 2016

    My son has autism and I’m quite certain he would love to spend all day in that Space Explorer. What a great product for kids on the spectrum.

  3. April 28, 2016

    These are great idea for Autistic kids. I think parents would be very happy to try these.

  4. April 28, 2016

    These are amazing. I have two good friends who have sons with Autism, and they blog about sensory ideas. This is a wonderful thing.

  5. April 28, 2016

    There are also some great board games that are specifically tuned for those with autism. Be sure to keep an eye out for them!

  6. April 29, 2016

    We use the trampoline a lot too! We also are active in Tumble/gym classes, equine horse therapy and lots of out door time. We also prep before we go to events or playdates with social stories which seems to help.

  7. April 29, 2016

    This is such a helpful list. I’m really glad there are so many products out there for kids. Thank goodness!

  8. April 29, 2016

    That’s a great collection of ideas. Thanks for compiling them in one place.

  9. Ashley Sparks Mullins
    April 29, 2016

    Thanks for this list. I think awareness of Autism is key. So glad there are many resources for parents.

  10. Rosey
    April 29, 2016

    That’s a good list. I like that you added so many options~

  11. April 29, 2016

    One of our clients is an educator who specializes in students with Autism. This is a great article that I will be sure to share with her. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. April 30, 2016

    These are all great ideas! Love the Space Explorer!

  13. May 1, 2016

    Great ideas for autistic families. I will have to keep some of these in mind with my students as well

  14. This is a great collection of ideas! I have a day home I am always looking for more ideas of neat things to share with my little friends.

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