Talking Toys for Children on The Spectrum

11 Feb

Today we have the privilege to participate in a twitter discussion called The Coffee Klatch. The Coffee Klatch is a daily discussion that takes place on Twitter from 9a-11a every weekday for parents of children with special needs.

Today’s discussion with moderator, Tammy of QuirkyMomster is about toy suggestions for children on the spectrum. Since there are no toys that are specifically made for children with special needs, it can sometimes be challenging identifying which toys are best suited for them. I thought it might be helpful to list some of the suggestions we here at The Big Toy Book came up with.

To help younger children work on their social skills:

Building Blocks such as Mega Bloks & Lego

MegaBloks Play & Go Table

Tents & tunnels

Pacific Playtents

Pacific Playtents

Toys for Auditory and Cognitive Developement

When working on auditory and cognitive development, the key is to find a game that is a learning too that doesn’t make the child feel like they’re being given a task. Here are some games we discussed on The Coffee Klatch for this:

1-2-3 Stomp by Wildbrain ****(Stop by QuirkyMomster for a giveaway!)***

1-2-3 Stomp by Wild Planet

1-2-3 Stomp by Wild Planet

I Spy Eagle Eye Game

I Spy Eagle Eye Game

Zingo

Zingo

Toys that encourage imagination

Cars, Trucks, Action Figures and Dolls are all great for imagination. As well as play sets, costumes and anything that allows a child to create his/her own world.

Dress Up Trunks

Melissa and Doug put out some great imaginative career dress up sets like this one

Melissa & Doug have gret dress up sets!

Melissa & Doug have gret dress up sets!

Dress up Trunks are great also!

Dress Up Trunk by Cutie Boutique

Dress Up Trunk by Cutie Boutique

Melissa and Doug Play sets

Melissa and Doug Playsets

Melissa and Doug Playsets

Velcro Kids are great imaginative playsets!

Velcro Kids are great imaginative playsets!

Teen and Tween toys to work on social skills

Buddy Talk Cards

Buddy Talk Cards get kids talking!

Buddy Talk Cards get kids talking!

Screen Life’s “Scene It” games

Scene It Games

Scene It Games

Here are links to 2 great toys for autisim articles we spoke about:

We are planning on doing another Autism chat in April for Autism Awareness. Become our fan on Facebook to stay in the loop!  🙂

Do you have any other suggestions?  Lets share them in the comments! 🙂

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4 Responses to “Talking Toys for Children on The Spectrum”

  1. Will February 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I’ve noticed your website a while ago, just recently did i start noticing it more and more. Very useful information, thank you and keep it coming.

    • complicatedmama February 23, 2010 at 7:18 am #

      Thank you!

      If you ever have a toy/play topic you’d like to see discussed- do not hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear it!

  2. texas insurance quote March 2, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    Many people assume autism is a disease. Is being left handed a disease? How about being good at math but bad at spelling. Autism is a spectrum. People on the left hand side of it function in most ways far above average. Those on the right, not so much.

  3. Len Faris March 20, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    My own son is actually crazy regarding lego and also star wars lego – thanks for the info!

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