Gift Ideas for Children With Autism, ADHD, SPD

Gift Ideas For Children With Autism
The holidays are just around the corner.  As it dawned on me that Christmas was coming, I did a google search for gift ideas for children with autism …and I found nothing!

So, I decided that since there was no list already, I would have to make one. I spent a good four or five hours, over a couple days, scouring websites to get a list of everything I could find that I think are amazing gift ideas for children with autism.  These are gifts that meet sensory needs, provide comfort, AND are super cool so they are sure to be a hit. There are items on here for every budget.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking one of the links I may receive a small commission. However, every item on this list are toys that I either already own, intend to buy my own child for Christmas, or wish I owned. 

Gift Ideas For Children With Autism

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  1. Weighted Teddy Bear
Gift Ideas for Children With Autism - Weighted Teddy Bear
Our fuzzy Weighted Bear is a great calm-down friend during transitions, circle time, bedtime, therapy sessions or whenever your child needs to calm and focus. Lightly weighted, Teddy is a lovable companion for encouraging sensory input, heavy work and tactile exploration. His friendly face helps kids feel comforted and secure.

2. Web Tower Swing

Gift Ideas for Children With Autism
Everyone climb aboard! Our Web Tower Swing is perfect for solo sensory integration therapy or swinging with friends. Kids work their bodies and their imaginations as they climb and swing every which way. Encourages motor planning, balance reactions, vestibular orientation, sensory processing and socialization.

3. Water Ripple Light Projector

Upgraded Ocean Wave Projector: With Remote controller & touch senor button, dual-optional and more convenient for operation. A great soothing projection night light . Built-in speaker: Volume adjustable, you can plug in an ipod, iphone, MP3 or other device with the AUX cable in the package, and play lullaby music, relaxing, meditation music through the night light projector while watching the aurora at night.

4.Water Beads

Have you ever played with water beads? They’re slippery, squishy, and a surprisingly fun and addictive sensory experience for kids of all ages.  Educational toys like Water Beads are given the top priority as we’d like to develop children creative thinking, interpretative skills and motivate they finishing their artistic creations.

5. Senseeze Vibrating Pillow

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The Senseez Vibrating Children’s Pillows are colorful, lightweight, fun shaped and offers a gentle vibration whey they are squeezed or sat on. Senseez operates on batteries and have a small pouch inside that vibrates to offer sensations to relax, calm or soothe the body. Senseez material is Vinyl on the outside for easy cleaning and tactile to the touch, while the cushion is made from poly foam to make for a very comfortable place to sit.

6. Vibes Earplugs

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Unlike foam ear plugs, they never muffle sound, allowing you to carry on a conversation or listen to music without any hitch. Enjoy clean, clear, and controlled sound every single time, and experience a high fidelity side of music you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with. All day wear if comfort is high on your priority list when it comes to live music ear plugs, then discover vibes will simply blow you away with soft ear tips designed to perfectly rest in the ear canal, these hypoallergenic ear plugs are uber-comfortable to wear, you’ll even forget you have them on and those around you won’t know you have them on either. With an outer tube that is as clear as glass and a low profile design, these high fidelity ear plugs are virtually invisible

7. Tranquil Light Up Turtle

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Create a calming underwater effect in your own bedroom with tranquil turtle! With soft lights and comforting sounds, these items are perfect for helping kids relax and go to sleep. Choose between the tranquil turtle or frog both feature soft plush bodies.

8. Touch and Feel Puzzles

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True Melissa & Doug classics, touch-and-feel puzzles have it all: tactile interest to stimulate sensory development, a playfully challenging activity to promote motor skills and problem solving, and sturdy wooden construction that will stand up to years of play.

9. Play Tent

Are you looking for new ways to inspire creativity in your kids? What an absolutely adorable princess castle play tent this is! This is something every little girl would be happy to have! Your Kids will enjoy hours of imaginative play time with this kids princess castle play tent. This tent is perfect for indoor or outdoor use . Who want to be the master of this castle?

10. Regulation Putty

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Scared? Anxious? Not sure how you’re feeling? Pinch, pull and squeeze Regulation Putty until you find the 9 colorful pieces hidden inside the medium resistance green putty: faces that express happy, mad, confused, excited, scared, stressed, sleepy, alert and embarrassed. The multi-purpose putty also encourages stress reduction, fine motor planning and heavy hand work.

11. ABC Look & Feel Bag

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Toss, explore and learn with the ABC Look-and-Feel Bag! This fun, educational fidget makes for a great travel toy and visual perceptual tool. As kids search for all 26 letters of the alphabet, the pellets encourage tactile exploration and fine motor coordination.

11. Air-Lite Barrel Roll

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Rock and roll! The activities are limitless and so is the laughter as kids use our Barrel Roll to improve balance reactions, motor planning and sensory integration. The calming soft surface also provides a great place to read or talk. Lightweight yet highly durable for heavy use at home, in school or in the clinic.

12. Alphabet Train Bead Lacing

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Kids will love learning their letters with these cheerful Alphabet Train Lacing Beads. They can explore the alphabet in any number of ways that encourage a love of language–from matching a letter to an animal (A is for Alligator; Z is for Zebra) to spelling simple words and their own name.

13. Basic Skills Practice Board

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This wooden bear is always smiling, but he’s happiest when fully dressed! Getting dressed won’t be such a puzzle once zipping, buckling, snapping, lacing and tying, and other dressing skills are mastered. Each skill is contained on a separate, wooden puzzle piece for easy practice. Develop fine motor and life skills with this great activity

14. Chewable Necklaces

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A shark with an attitude! This pendant is one of our largest, at nearly 3 inches tall from nose to tail. The belly of the shark is thick enough to stand up to more aggressive chewers while the head and tail are more suitable for light to medium chewers. The textured detailing around the head and fins add to the sensory experience.

15. Infantino Sensory Blocks

Infantino Sensory Press & Stay Sensory Blocks. Encourage imagination and eliminate frustration with a building block set that is easy for even the youngest builders to attach and stack together into fun shapes, high towers and endless possibilities. No need to align the blocks perfectly – the interlocking pattern makes it easy to attach and pull apart. Stack up or even build sideways!

16. Crash Pad

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Special needs children will enjoy crashing, jumping, exploring or cuddling into this fun, therapeutic pad. The soft, squishy foam ensures that landings are soft and harmless. It’s also a comfy, spacious cushion for sitting or lying down on.

17. Vibrating Fiber Optic Light

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These vibrating fiber optic strings swirl, curl and magically reflect changing colors of red, green, blue, and purple, bringing about a sense of calm and relaxation all who look at it. The soothing light makes a wonderful addition to any sensory environment or a fun addition to any child’s bedroom.

18. Teeter Popper

A thrillingly unique instrument for play; concave board covered with sturdy silicone suction cups on the bottom; how it’s used is up to the kids! Rock it, roll it, sit in it, or stand – endless ways to play; meanwhile – POP POP POP POP POP! – the suction cups pop as the Teeter Popper rocks!

19. Flexible Lights

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These bendable fiberoptic lights offer a multi-sensory stimulation. Strands glow different colors to encourage visual tracking, bend into cool shapes and can be draped on the body for tactile input. Creates a soothing environment that supports calm, attention and focus. Turn off the lights and instantly set the mood to calm in your home,

20. Gel Floor Tiles

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A hands-on squishy gel experience! Encourages visual processing and sensory stimulation for all ages. Invite sensory-seeking kids to step, sit or jump on the tiles and watch the colors ooze. Even young children can push the gel around with their hands.

21. Swinging Pod Chair

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This is a wonderful additional to any child’s bedroom. Great for playing, hiding, storing stuffed animals or even a cozy place for a cat nap.

22. Deluxe Jellyfish Tower

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This soothing aquarium switches from five different LED colors: red, yellow, green, blue and pink. Set includes and a low voltage AC adapter. To set up, place the included jellyfish inside the aquarium, add water and a few drops of dish soap, plug in the lamp, and enjoy. The tower design looks fantastic. Turn on the lamp and watch two large jellyfish glide as ambient lights slowly change colors. This lamp features 18 LED lights.  An auto-off function will turn off your lamp after four hours.

23. K’Nex Ferris Wheel

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Leave the past behind with the Revolution Ferris Wheel Building Set, from K’NEX. This motorized, rail-driven rotating Ferris Wheel can spin both clockwise and counterclockwise at two different speeds. This set comes with 344 parts, primarily rods and connectors, to build a K’NEX thrill ride.

24. LED Race Tracks

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8 feet of flexible LED track + 4 feet of standard flexible track. LED Track Power Base requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

25. Light Up Rail Twirler

gift ideas for children with autism
Visually oriented children love the Spectra Rail Twirler. Now this classic toy features a lights that spin while you play. Best of all the 2-1/2″ magnetic light up wheel “sticks” to the 10-1/2″ rail increasing success and lowering frustration.

26. Sands Alive Large Play Set

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Set Includes: 16 Sand Tools and Large Tray. 4 Pounds of Sand Smooth Roller and 2 Sand Sculpting Tools! Shaper Tool and 12 Geometric Shap Molds & Large Sand Tray.

27. Lunar Light Show

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This detailed, photorealistic moon isn’t just for show– use it to make your very own stellar light display! The Lunar Light Show can be controlled via remote to emit beautiful hues and blinking patterns. Place it in any room to create a beautiful display of light and color. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this mesmerizing moon themed lamp!

28. Magformers LED Set

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Future architects are sure to enjoy the modular nature of MAGFORMERS light show, building spaceships, diamonds, stars, houses, cameras and much more! Watch them shine bright by adding an LED magnetic light! Press the light to change color and watch your creation glow in rainbow colors!

29. Mediterraneo Chair

Gift ideas for children with autism
Our stylish and space-saving Mediterraneo hammock chair system is perfect for tight spaces.  It is exceptionally durable with a 287 pound weight bearing capacity and is made of rust resistant powder-coated steel.

30. Rocket Ship Resistance Tunnel

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Blast off to outer space without leaving your room! This eight-foot-long tunnel, constructed of spandex and mesh material, offers different levels of resistance as kids crawl through. The vibrant design simulates the rocket ship soaring through the galaxies while the stretch fabric provides heavy work to help calm children while strengthening their muscles.

31. Play Hut Tunnel

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This 18” diameter by 6 ft. long tunnel is made with the kids in mind to insure hours of continual playtime. Great for crawl through fun, vibrant colorful and so durable it can be used indoors or outdoors. Tunnel secures with hook & loop tabs to all Playhut tent. Light weight and portable for easy storage. Ideal for children ages three and up.

32. Rock Around Chair

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This spherical rocking toy is simple in design but complex in the therapeutic benefits it offers. Children can sit in it and rock it from side to side, or spin around to develop balance and coordination skills while enjoying vestibular input. The rim is properly designed so that it allows children to hold on securely without getting their fingers smashed or jammed.

33. School Time Play Set

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Play set features drop-down teacher desk and student desk to create classroom environment Includes 150 reusable stickers, 12 pattern blocks, bell, timer, lesson plan guide, storybook, and more 2 reusable double-sided boards and 2 dry-erase markers allow for endless play

34. Scratch Paper Art Set

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36 sheets have a black matte surface, but when scratched, 18 have brilliant vivid colored rainbow drop background, 9 sheets have gold foil background and 9 sheets have silver glitter holographic background! Each page measures 8 1/4 x 11

35. Sensory Fun Pack

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Our sensory toys for kids and teens with autism gift set includes a variety of our most popular sensory items that are sure to please.

36. Hippity Hop Ball

Benefits of a Hippity Hop Research has shown that physical play can promote language development, coordination, and cognitive skills. Early introduction to these activities can have long lasting, positive benefits for children. Encouraging children to play with, and jump on, the hippity hop is also a great way to get them to exercise, burn calories, and strengthen their bodies, while enjoying a fun, and stimulating activity.

37. Starter Aquarium

The classic Sit ‘n Spin toy has all the twirling’ fun you grew up with and your child will love to whirl, twirl and spin on it. The toy encourages balance and coordination and now it spins even more easily and smoothly. Turn the wheel to start the fun and watch your child have a ball and stay active.

38. Mini Trampoline

gift ideas for children with autism
Perfect trampoline for toddlers to burn off energy Features large jumping surface and handle bar for stability Plastic and metal combination Trampoline is for indoor use only

 

39. Play Doh Set

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All-in-one hands-on creativity table with easy storage Fun half-mold shapes built into the table Cut, press and fill with over 25 tools Hinged doors easily store cans and tools Includes Play ‘n Store Table, presser, scissors, 9 animal cutters, 4 shape cutters, 6 stampers, 2 dishes, 2 cones, extruder with rail, plate, knife, fork, spoon, & 8 cans of Play-Doh Modeling Compound

40. ABC  Putty

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Literacy begins with ABC-123 Putty Mats! Children shape and mold putty to fill in the letter or number on each mat. This tactile and visual experience helps to create neural pathways for reading and writing. Each durable card features colorful illustrations of objects that begin with the letter, or multiples of shapes that correspond to the number.

 

41. Fidget Set

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This ultimate fidget set is a selection of our best selling fidgets! We have specifically selected each piece of this set so that you will have a variety of textures and features for your students to interact with. Based on teacher feedback, each of these items are quiet, discreet and work well in the classroom.

42. Julia Stuffie

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Julia is an amazing 4-year-old girl with autism who lives on Sesame Street and “does things just a little bit differently, in a Julia sort of way.” Whether she’s painting, singing, enjoying a game of boing tag, or snuggling with her pal Fluster the bunny, Julia shows that there’s more than one way to play — and that’s a good thing!

43. Sequin Fidget Pillow

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The Original Fidget is a perfect blend of fun, and creative. Customers have said Our Fidgets are great gift for kids, adults or even elderly. Helping with ADD, ADHD, OCD and Autistic patients find the toy fun and calming. PROMOTES FOCUS and CONCENTRATION while helping fidgety fingers busy. Keeps hands occupied to reduce tension and fill a sensory need

44. Custom Engraved Bracelet

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The Wrist ID Slim 2 Autism Bracelet is a comfortable identification solution for anyone living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Up to 5 lines of engraved text allows you to include name, emergency contact information, medications, allergies, and more. If your loved one is nonverbal or likes to wander, our Autism Bracelets can provide the important contact information they need. This lightweight silicone alert bracelet is one of our most popular IDs and comes laser engraved along with the Autism Puzzle Badge

45. The Theraplay Box

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Toys that bring a smile to your child’s face, delivered to your door monthly. Wonderful items to help your child self regulate…or simply for fun therapeutic play!

46. PlayableART balls

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Do you need a new, interesting fidget for yourself or as a gift? The incredible Playable Art Ball is a mesmerizing sensory item that twists and moves to create a wide variety of designs and shapes. This item can work well in your home, classroom, or clinic and is sure to captivate.

47. Kanoodle

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If you are in search of a fun, tactile activity to add to your home or classroom, look no further. Kanoodle is a highly visual three dimensional puzzle game that people of any age can enjoy. To play with Kanoodle, users simply have to arrange a variety of interconnected spheres to duplicate structures in their Kanoodle book.

48. Fine Motor Skills Toy Set

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Our fine motor skills toy set features fun and educational activities that also make great gifts for kids with handwriting and fine motor challenges. These educational activities will help kids develop hand eye coordination, fine motor, and writing skills all while having fun.

49. Gross Motor Skills Development Set

This Gross Motor Skills Development Set includes a broad selection of the most popular gross motor toys ordered by therapists. It’s perfect for working on balance, coordination, motor planning, providing vestibular input, and so much more!

50. LED Blanket

Need to calm down or chill out? Our LED Blanket soothes with changing colors, and the glow encourages relaxation. The plush blanket feels soft against the skin and LED lights do not generate heat, making it safe to touch. Perfect for home, the classroom reading corner or a sensory room. During playtime, it really takes your fort to the next level of awesomeness!

I hope you found the perfect gift for the child with autism that is on your shopping list!

 

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