April is Autism Awareness Month. According the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism can make normal daily activities challenging and stressful for children and their parents. Here are some of the best new products on the market that provide solutions to common challenges and enhance the lives of families living with autism.
Tactile Seekers: Fun, creative play is endless with the Educational Insights Playfoam Classic 4 pack. Your little one can create shapes then squash it back down and start over without ever making a mess. Playfoam never dries out or becomes sticky, can be taken anywhere and is non-toxic. For ages 3 years+. MSRP: $6.47. Available online at www.Amazon.com
Oral Seekers: Made of safe silicone with multiple textures, HABA’s Clutching Toy Caterpillar is perfect for grasping and teething. It also makes a great shower gift. For Birth+. MSRP: $7.49. Available online at www.HABAusa.com
Fear of Bath time: SoapSox® was originally developed after CEO/founder Ray Phillips was working with children of trauma in a residential treatment facility and noticed that one of the most difficult times of the day was bath time. With SoapSox®, kids have a cuddly companion to take in the tub with them to ease their fears! Plus, a patented soap pocket transforms lovable SoapSox® into sudsy wash cloth – just add soap and scrub. For Birth +. MSRP: $12.99. Available online at www.BuyBuyBaby.com
Auditory Seekers: Playgro’s Bead Buddy Giraffe is the perfect sized friend for little hands to grip and shake, with colorful rattling beads and a click-clack spinning handle to encourage baby’s auditory stimulation. For ages 3 months and up. MSRP: $6.99. Available at www.Amazon.com
Water Sensitivities: For many with sensory issues, fear of the water is what they can’t control. Give little ones the control and keep the water flowing without the worry of the hot water burns with Yookidoo’s NEW Spin ‘N’ Sort Spout Pro. This automatic spout attaches to the tub to draw water up and create an endless stream. Three interchangeable tumblers each with a different spouting action offer a variety of ways to play and experiment with water and a spinning gear for added fun. For ages 9-36 months. MSRP: $34.95. Available online at www.Amazon.com
Compression Seeking: An early sign of babies with sensory process disorder is that they are uncomfortable if not swaddled tightly. Miracle Blanket’s pediatrician recommended, patented design allows parents to effortlessly recreate the tight quarters of the womb with a perfect swaddle every time- even in the dark! Babies will sleep deeper and for longer periods of time- Guaranteed! For Birth-14 weeks. MSRP: $29.99. Available in stores and online at www.Miracleware.com
Familiarity Seeking- Pacific Play Tents Rad Racer Bed Tent will have little ones feeling more comfortable when they see their favorite bed tent…whether it is at home or while traveling. The easy to assemble lightweight frame supports a colorful nylon shell that has a wide opening double zippered T-style door. The Rad Racer Bed Tent provides a secure play area during the day and a one-of-a-kind sleep experience at night. MSRP: $56.95. Available online at www.PacificPlayTents.com