This World Autism Awareness Week, we’re highlighting our favourite sensory products that have amazing benefits for children and adults with autism.
Autism isn’t a one-type-fits-all condition and each person with autism is an individual. This being said, most autistic people will experience the world differently to those who are not living with the condition.
Some people with autism have difficulty processing information they receive from their senses. They may be over or under-sensitive to sounds or noise, things they see, certain smells or tastes, or things they physically feel or touch. If sensory experiences become too much for them, an autistic person may feel overwhelmed and exhibit behaviours such as withdrawal or meltdown.
Some people with autism are ‘sensory-seekers’ and may enjoy focussing on a certain sensory input. For instance, they may really like lights and find stimulation of this sense calming, pleasant and anxiety-reducing.
Our top three sensory products for autism
Using sensory equipment may help children and adults with autism, depending on their particular needs and preferences. Here, we look at three key sensory items which have received excellent reviews from our customers and highlight the benefits they may have for autistic children and adults. All of the products mentioned below are great to use at home or school to create safe and stress-free activities that enable a person to both seek or avoid sensory stimulation.
1. Sensory Den and light-up accessories
The Sensory Den (previously known as the Dark Den) is a large, square, tent-like structure that fixes together with poles and provides a secure, safe and darkened place which some people with autism may find useful. The Sensory Den provides a calm area that can be used to help reduce the amount of stimulation for those that are sensory avoiders, or provide a safe space to explore preferred stimulation activities for sensory seekers. For example, it can be used with light-up toys and gadgets. The den and its accessories are great to use at home or at school.
Purchased for my autistic child. Was easy to set up and very dark inside for our light toys to be used. Would recommend to every child who enjoys light displays - Catherine Chalmers