Toys delight all children irrespective of their age and nature, and autistic children are no different. Kids learn and pickup something from everything around them, and they spend a significant time playing. Thus, the choice of play things that you make for your child has a considerable effect on him. Especially for autistic children, given the kind of concentration they have, toys can be an excellent way of working on their oral motor and mental skills. Games are something to which they reach out on their own and get involved, so this gets you fairly better chances to improve some parts of his personality, says an expert from a school for mentally challenged. So, the next time you go out to buy some toys for your child, be a little picky of what you choose.
Here we have picked up a few suggestions that work well with most kids, toggle across them to see which of these captures the interests of your child.
Books indeed are man’s best friend, and who else would appreciate that more than an autistic child. With their extreme concentrations and fantasy world, most love to read books or being read to. Probably, you would know your child’s favorite genre, if not try experimenting with as many as you can. Most schools for mentally challenged
also include a story reading session in their schedule, as they know that it helps them educate and loosens their imagination. Also, poetries can be a great charm for these children as they have an inclination towards rhymes and repetition.
Puzzles- These are the favorite game of most autistic children. It improves their motor skills, cognitive skills and hand and eye coordination. Upgrade on the level of puzzles and keep shuffling between different types.
Building blocks- Stacking various multi colored pieces improve their hand and eye coordination. It helps them enhance their skills and lets them use their imagination to build new things.
Mix and Match toys- The toys in which joining one part to other involves some sort of solution finding, appeals to such children. A puzzle that lights up on joining the two identical shapes or anything that involves visual and mental coordination can be great.
Colors and Art stationary- If your child has a knack for art then you can buy him some fresh colors and a paint book or canvas. Let him vent out his imagination, feelings and emotions on his canvas. These children aren’t very communicative but they usually have a flair for some sort of art form, which they use as their mean of communication, says an expert from special education school.
So, with all this in view, make an impact worthy choice the next time you go for buying toys. Any game that is interactive and involves some intellect can be great for them.