Although holiday shopping is over, we are always looking for new things to reinforce and help motivate the kids we work with. Cause and effect toys are enjoyable across the spectrum and developmental levels. At times children with autism are steered away from these activities due to self-stimulatory and perseverative behavior. However,we see this as a great thing for individuals to 'earn' for their free time. Using some simple, sensory-stimulating toys can assist parents and professionals in their quest to capture every one's attention.
Playskool Busy Ball Popper
Music, lights and balls racing around spiral paths. Lots of fun for kids to try to catch the balls as they pop out and scramble to put them back in!
Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds Swirlin Surprise Gumball
Load the balls on top and push the lever. Fun lights and sounds are activated with the lever as the balls swirl out the gumball machine.
Roll-a-Rounds & Listen-Up Rounds
I use these interchangeably with many activities and toys. They are visually stimulating and the 'Listen-Up' version makes fun noises. Kids will have a great time exploring the variety of objects inside each one!
B. Whacky Ball - Target
One of the best toys has been revamped by Target stores. This great toy has four balls that can be placed on top and pushed in or pounded in with the hammer. It is fun for the kiddos to watch go through the ramps and this version even has a mirrored background which is even more exciting!
Little Zoomers Spinnin' Sounds Speedway - FP
This toy is absolutely adorable! The fun cars that come with it fly down the ramp and spin around the 'speedway' before shooting out the other side. There are great lights and sounds that go with the spinning. The kids found it even more interesting to add some of the balls from other toys and watch them whirl around the ramp too!