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Sensory Integration Disorder

Whenever possible, we gather feedback from our customers on how our toys are being used by children with sensory integration disorder in hopes of providing guidance for other special needs caregivers. We hope you find these "special perspectives" helpful as you shop for developmentally appropriate toys and games.

Mini QMan - Translucent
"My grandson contemplates positioning of these Q man guys. He will pull them apart and reattach so they only hold hands in a circle or a line. He doesn't get frustrated. He has already figured out how to try different sides if the magnets don't attract. "

3D Feel & Find
"Can be made more simple or complex according to how many pieces you place in the bag. Can place similar pieces in the bag for more specific tactile discrimination. Can be used as simple one piece puzzles for younger/lower level functioning individuals. Can be used as a group or individual activity."

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"The kinetic movement of this sand was great for my students with a variety of disabilities."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"My autistic child is a teenager who will sit quietly and manipulate the sand through her hands with no interaction with others. Good tactile media product for self calming. She can squeeze it tight in her hands when frustrated, she seems to calm as the sand falls out of her fist. My child with chromosomal anomaly and schizophrenia plays with it in many ways, it is the best tactile media box we have had so far (definitely keeps her coming back). My child with sensory integration disorder loves to play with it, but after about 30 minutes, complains incessantly about it getting "sticky", she then quits playing with it. She does keep coming back though, because she discovered that she likes it cold. When it warms up, she is done. I will say, it never actually feels sticky to me, but I do notice that when she starts to complain, is when it starts to cling to skin more than itself. We just keep it in a cool place and put it away when it gets too warm."

Sensory Balls - Set of 4
"At this time, they are not utilized in any type of organized manner. The balls have been thoroughly enjoyed as free play items. They have been used to play monkey in the middle, rolled back and forth to one another, juggled, and just sitting with them - enjoying the feel of the ball! "

Perplexus - Epic
"This gift is perfect for an Aspergers child! My brilliant 8 year old nephew was so excited to receive this he didn't want to open any more gifts. He has other Perplexus puzzles and will often use them before bed to wind down. They capture his focus and allow him to concentrate for a long time while having tons of fun. Fat Brain Toys will be my first stop when shopping for him in the future because of the awesome special needs lists. So wonderful!"

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablets
"We loved that this boggie board was recommended for fine motor skills. Our son loves to practice his writing and we love that it strengthens his fine motor skills!! "

Kidoozie Hop & Squeak Pogo Jumper
"Excellent item for my high sensory seeker who has low muscle tone. "

Design & Drill Power Tool Workshop
"Our son has low muscle tone associated with a rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome and this toy helps greatly with his eye hand coordination and occupational therapy needs."

Mozart Magic Cube
"I use it to encourage my child to use both hands and press the different instruments."

Plus Plus Mini - 600 piece set
"These are great for getting SPD kids to interact with an adult to help create bigger & better things. "

Sturdy Birdy
"A lot of the poses require balancing on one foot, which my daughter can't do. For her, if she can do the pose with both feet on the ground and puts her arms and balances the bean bag where it's supposed to be, she passes. I am hoping that as she gets older, we can add the balancing on one foot part. Throwing the dice helps her cross the midline, setting up the boards on the stands helps with small motor skills, and playing the game helps with her attention span. It's active and fun and turns off the TV. I strongly recommend this game for kids with sensory integration disorders and balance/proprioception challenges."

Alphabet Go Fish! Card Game
"We used it for letter recognition and the pictures for their word value. Keeping the pictures simple allows for less distraction as well."

Ultra Stomp RocketĀ®
"This was easy for the child to use. He understood how to use it right away. Entertained him for a long time."

Rush Hour
"Helps with planning behavior vs. trial and error."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"Great for break time between tasks, art therapy, calming aid for students with anxiety, 'fidget' for students who need to keep their hands busy to aid in concentration, OT support for students with fine motor deficits. "

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Great sensory product to encourage tactile exploration and also aids in calming."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"I use this product with many special needs students. It is a great sensory item. It can be used by children at all ability levels."

Squigz
"Uses can include: sorting by color, eliciting a verbal response to the color chosen, or asked to be chosen, creating patterns. Also, very helpful for strengthening of fine motor skills, following directions for placement of the component part. "

Squigz
"The entire box of Squigz might be too much for a special needs child. Just give him or her two of the simplest ones that have only one sucker and invite them to explore the toy and how it might or might not stick to things (windows, doors, walls, the other Squigz)."

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Great for creative play, tactile sensations, distinguishing various textures, finding hidden objects with hands or tools for fine and visual motor skills"

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Just perfect for a sensory craver. Very satisfying to handle and also very clean and easy to pick up. "

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"This can help for kids who need sensory input. It can help calm anxiety - kind of a fidgeting tool that can help restore 'balance'. We leave it out on the breakfast table to help with the transition into a new day."

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Good product for child with tactile issues related to SID."

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"This is a great item to get for anyone with Sensory Integration Disorder. A lot of the therapy is about weight and feeling on different parts of the body. The Kinetic Sand feels almost like bread dough but not as sticky. Also the clean up is a breeze, for those children who do not like messy hands after they are done playing. The only thing that might pose an issue is to those who have a problem with different smells. There is a slight smell to the sand and while I do not find it offensive some might and that would take away from the experience. Having the Sand fall on your hand the weight press down is very good for engaging the mind and senses. "

Dado Squares
"Great for fine tuning hand and eye coordination for all ages. Kids can start to build, leave, and come back to it. Works well for Fine motor skills."

Garden Stacker
"My 16 month son is a sensory seeker so he loved that there were smooth and bumpy pieces as well as soft and hard ones. We used this toy to explore the sounds made when we "dropped" a hard bead versus the soft leaves. When we dropped the hard bead we would bang our hand on the floor to make a loud sound too. When the leaf went down quietly, we would just brush our hands along the floor quietly. This really made him laugh and he loved being able to act along with the sounds. We also used the beads for lacing activities since he loves using his fine motor skills. I just used yarn and a large beginner plastic needle from the craft store. "

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"This item can be used by all the special needs listed. My son is 19 and he has fun using this. My 16 yr old is not disabled and she had loads of fun with it too. It is easy to use, textured, and easy to build things. I can definitely see people with disabilities using and benefiting from this product. Even the elderly can use this sand. I can even see stroke victims benefiting. It's definitely an interesting toy. It's not messy like sand and water. It doesn't stick to your hands like sand. It's easy to mold and create things, easier than clay or Playdough. I found it better than Moon Sand. Yes, we have that too. After play I put it easily back in the bag or Ziplock bag. It's great. "

Castle Molds - 8 pc
"This item works well with the Moon Sand. She calms down using sensory objects like these. It is soothing for her to feel the sand and build something."

Flag Frenzy
"My son loves toys that give him facts."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"This child is very bright despite her physical limitations. The Kinetic Sand is a toy that can help develop better muscle tone and problem solving skills. She is eager to make friends and the larger box of sand will allow others to join in the fun."

Monkey Math
"Have to use this by SHOWING her and leading by example and walking her through it verbally & visually to give her sense of accomplishment & success in order to get her to continue it on her own, despite getting incorrect answers on the way. Seems good for her, since she has a very low frustration tolerance."

Basic Building Blocks - Extra Large Starter Set
"The item purchased is great for children and adults of all abilities. 1. Sounds the blocks make when they clank together-auditory 2. Different shapes to touch-tactile 3. Non toxic and large enough if placed in mouth-oral 4. Making architectural designs-visual and spatial 5. Storytelling-language 6. Pretend play-imagination 7. Balancing of blocks-fine motor"

Playable Art - Ball
"Great for kids who need a quiet motor activity to keep their bodies still while listening to an adult - or some other boring activity."

16 inch Scooter with Handles
"My son uses this for spatial awareness... sitting and being pulled, or on his tummy."

Magnetic Supermind
"The magnets make a huge difference in making this game more enjoyable for kids with special needs that have fine motor challenges. "

Lace & Trace Shapes
"My son has very little fine motor control. The lacing shapes are colorful, good sized fior small hands & come with shoe strings in great colors! Challenging but easy enough to try!"

16 inch Scooter with Handles
"Our occupational therapists uses the scooter board with my daughter lying on her belly on the board and using her hands to pull herself along a distance, picking up foam alphabet puzzle pieces on the way and putting them on the foam board puzzle she lies on her back while propelling along. Great for muscle strengthening her upper body & core and even more so for implementing her motor planning & following directions. LOVE IT!"

36 piece Barkless Tree Block Set in a Bag
"It was used by all children we serve. I did not observe any special accommodations needed for children to play with the blocks."

Language Cards - Nouns (Around the House)
"My son has autism and speech delay. These cards are a bit bigger and brighter than other types of cards I have bought for my son so I think that is why they catch his attention. They also encourage my son to use his words. I really love these cards and so does he!"

Peanut Ball - 22 inch
"A great item for sensory seekers! Probably needs to hold air better. Thanks!"

Shape, Model and Mold Play Set
"This is a great item to use for children who undergo occupational therapy. it teaches them how to hold certain tools the correct way, what the tool does and there aren't too many pieces that can cause a child to become overwhelmed. the blocks are a great size for small hands who are learning to grasp with three or more fingers."

Personalized Name Blocks
"The letter blocks are great for children with Autism in my opinion, as the children already see things from a unique perspective, the blocks give them control on how they choose to see the letter, without being wrong. The autistic world is so black and white, it's nice to throw in some color and not have it be anywhere close to the gray area we already avoid. The colors and options on each letter block also appeal to my Childs ADHD side as they can change them at will yet, the letter remains the same. Fidget away!! Explore and learn! So great! The texture is perfect for my tactile sensitive children. Smooth, and simple. Perfection in the shape of a square. "

Roylco Straws and Connectors Jumbo Set - 705 pc
"Teaching cooperative social skills with kids who don't get it is really hard. These flexible straws are terrific for having the students take turns adding pieces to make a class project."

Super Snow - 100 gram jar
"I assisted my son with creating the snow. I put 1/4 teaspoon in a bowl with 4 oz of water and let him stir until it created the snow. He loved stirring it. The fact that he did it by stirring made him smile. I put it in my hand and asked him to give me high five so when he felt it he felt the texture of it and thought it strange. But because it won't stick so much to you it was useful for us in that he didn't freak out. He really enjoyed it. Definitely requires the supervision of an adult."

Shape It! Sand 5 lb.
"I saw a bin of moon sand used at my autistic son's school used as a behavior reinforcer....the student did her work and then was allowed to run her hands through the sand as a reward. I've found that in my sensory storytime at the library, it depends on the child's sensory issues. For some, the sand may be too smooth. For others it's just right. It holds together well for scooping and building things but a lot of the kids just interact with it sort of randomly..."experiencing" it rather than "using" it for something. The colors are great but we mix them up too--that doesn't seem to matter to any of the kids. Sometimes fun things are "de-selected" depending on the color, but most kids play with the moon sand. We also have a bin of foam (like Floam) that we use at different times. Not quite as good (a little too sticky at times) but still appealing..."

C Major Diatonic Scale Set
"We will be using this as a rhythm and music activity with adults with disabilities. I plan to use flash cards with colored dots to indicate when each tube is played. I saw this method used with a bell choir and it worked well. The leader holds up cards, one after the other, and when the musicians play their instrument according to the colors shown, they end up creating a beautiful piece of music. I'm excited about using this instrument as part of our program."

Brain Food
"Great product for strenghtening hands for fine motor activities. Texture is great for sensory issues - very dry to touch - not wet feeling like other putty products. Can mold it or just pull apart and will eventually ooze back into original form. Very highly recommend for fine motor skills. My son has autism and will play with this product. Great mindless fine motor activity. Adults love to play with this as well!!"

New Dinosaurs Puzzles in a Box
"I use this toy with my son as such: I take out the pieces he is going to use and close the box. We work on the puzzle together in order to avoid scattering of the additional pieces which is what occurs most times with child with autism or SID. They get overwhelmed with so many pieces and begin to loose focus and scatter them all over the play area never accomplishing the goal of finishing the puzzle."

See & Spell
"Needs to be either marine quality paint on figures and letters or made of a polyurethane that will not deteriorate after extended use. Our grandson played so hard with it that some of the paint was already gone before the end of the day."



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