Sensory Toys for Kids and How They Help

Today’s blog is going to be about kids, specifically kids with sensory impairments.  Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal. Years ago toys did not cater to a lot of senses now though many toys are multi-sensory.  Parents buying toys for children who are blind or visually impaired consider all the senses as well, as to how each toy can be enjoyed with or without sight.

 

Sensory toys have six different categories:

  1. Tactile toys

  2. Scented toys

  3. Sound toys

  4. Light toys

  5. Vestibular toys

  6. Tasting toys

 

Tactile toys

are made for kids with an unusual or increased sensitivity to touch. That makes the person feel uncomfortable or even in pain. A tactile toy like Kinectic Sand can be molded, pulled, or squeezed. Another great tactile toy is Skwish Stix. It incorporates elastic bands, wooden rods, and beads. The complexity of manipulating this toy into different designs by twisting, pulling, turning and squeezing makes it so much fun.

 

Sound toys

are toys made for kids with sensitivity to sound and light. The Parum Pum Pum Drum offers a variety of themes that are colorful, designed with curves and textures that will interest any child. Also, the Music Garden a toy with buttons and knobs for children to press to hear different songs and turn on flashing LED lights. It encourages manipulating objects in different ways as well, like other fine motor skills.

 

Vestibular toys

are made to help kids with balance and movement. They teach kids how to use their hands, eyes, and ears together, therefore, developing spatial awareness. Indoor trampolines are a great physical therapy tool for blind children.  The trampolines that have a handlebar on one side make them particularly useful for kids who are blind giving them a tactile point of reference while bouncing. Lastly, we have the Teeter popper a toy that is so much fun for kids who are visually impaired as they get sound effects from moving the board on a smooth, flat surface. It would also be ideal for a child with light perception to enjoy in a dark room with a black light.

 

To check out more on sensory toys and what types are best for certain sensory impairments check out Wonder Baby.

 

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