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30 Best Toys and Books for Autistic Kids and Teens

Finding toys and helpful items for those who suffer from autism or other anxiety related issues can be difficult, but this list has collated some of the best around. From toys to promote calm, to books to help explain and offer support to both sufferer and caregiver, there’s a world of help with these goodies.

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Cloud b Tranquil Turtle Aqua White Noise Sound Machine

Cloud b Tranquil Turtle Aqua White Noise Sound Machine

This delightful turtle gives a calming effect to all that use it by projecting a magical underwater sea including a gentle wave motion. With a choice of 2 melodies and 6 levels of volume, the 2 soothing sounds and adjustable brightness and movement controls will let you create your perfect relaxing zone.

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Abilitations Teacher's Pet Weighted Lap Dog

Abilitations Teacher's Pet Weighted Lap Dog

For a child who struggles to sit down, or focus during circle time, stories or stressful transitions, this soft pet can have a calming influence. Being a weighted toy, these cuddly animals can sit on the lap of the restless child and provide a relaxing deep pressure input.

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Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

This book encourages kids who are a little different to others by telling the story of notable people in history who struggled to fit in with the way they were but who also excelled. Encourage your child to see the possibilities they have in the world with this positive message book.

$16.95


Toysmith Squigglets Wearable Critters Soft Tactile Neon Rings

Toysmith Squigglets Wearable Critters Soft Tactile Neon Rings

These wrist adornments make great fidget toys, taking away the stress a child feels during the day. Each set includes 4 different colored Squigglets which can be worn, flung, shaken or bent without any harm being caused, making them perfect for those of us who need to let out some tension.

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Hammacher Schlemmer Hypnotic Jellyfish Aquarium

Hammacher Schlemmer Hypnotic Jellyfish Aquarium

Let the stress just melt away as you watch these synthetic jellyfish in their LED lighted desktop aquarium, providing mesmerizing ambience. With 18 LEDs that change color and jellyfish that float on gentle currents, the calm continues, powered by an integrated silent motor until it shuts down automatically after 4 uninterrupted hours.

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Abilitations Small Weighted Bulldog

Abilitations Small Weighted Bulldog

This soft and cuddly bulldog is also weighted to provide sensory input and stability when placed on a child’s lap. Its mere presence provides calming feedback to aid in concentration and it is great for increasing muscle tone and strength for those who struggle to sit and constantly fidget.

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Toysmith Bendy Man Toy

Toysmith Bendy Man Toy

This bendy man will happily let a child stretch him, pull him or even throw him and then keep coming back for more. At 5 inches high, he’s a great fidget toy and presents in friendly colors with a cheery attitude to help reduce stress levels.

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When My Worries Get Too Big!

When My Worries Get Too Big!

This Mom’s Choice award winning book helps relax kids who suffer from anxiety and stress, and is packed with beautifully illustrated pages. It includes a special section on evidence based teaching activities for parents and teachers, and has simple strategies for overcoming daily stress and prolonged anxiety felt by children or students.

$27.34


2 Color Drop S

2 Color Drop S

This clever toy shows a number of small packets of color on a constant trip around the liquid environment which promotes a calming influence akin to watching fish. At 5 inches tall, it can be taken anywhere and used when feeling stressed, to provide a central focus on which to lean when anxiety strikes.

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Sanho Dynamic Movement Sensory Body Sock

Sanho Dynamic Movement Sensory Body Sock

If your child suffers from a range of obstacles such as language, social interaction and autism amongst others, then this sensory sock can help. Made from quality materials it promotes creative movement, spatial awareness, gross movement control and give a deep pressure input to assist them to overcome their particular daily challenges.

$24.98


FlagHouse Vibrating Pillow

FlagHouse Vibrating Pillow

This clever pillow is perfect for those who suffer from daily anxiety and stress as it vibrates whenever pressed before stopping when released. Powered by 2 D type batteries, the pillow provides a reassurance and can comfort those suffering from this difficult to control tension in public or in private.

$25.10


Hansen Rainbow Hoberman Mini Sphere

Hansen Rainbow Hoberman Mini Sphere

Have a little fun with this clever ball which changes from a large sphere to a tight, small one in a flash. With bright, friendly colors, you can throw, kick or bounce this ball around as it morphs from a 5 to 12 inch sphere, without fear of damaging people or items.

$15.75


Fidget Toys

Fidget Toys

These toys are specifically designed for kids with ADHD and concentration issues to keep hands busy, utilizing their texture and ability to be bent, twisted, squished or rolled in quiet. The set comes with an electronic book, a carry pouch, and 2 carabiners to attach toys to belts and trouser loops.

$11.97


Squishy Eye Popping Frog By Funky Toys

Squishy Eye Popping Frog By Funky Toys

This clever frog toy will be a great companion to those who find stress a constant problem in daily life. By simply squeezing the frog, you’ll find your tension abating with this fun pressure ball made of durable plastic that won’t crack or break when it reverts back to its original shape.

$14.99


Tangle Jr. Textured

Tangle Jr. Textured

This junior version of the popular Tangle toy is recommended by therapists for those suffering from ADHD, autism and Asperger’s. Tantalizing so that you won’t want to put it down, the toy is a fun way to relieve stress and is full of creative possibilities to engage the brain.

$19.95


Rainmaker Toy

Rainmaker Toy

There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of rainfall in a far off jungle, massaging your ears with wave after wave of ease. This rain stick recreates that effect at any time of day, helping you wash away the stress of the day or any frustration that you struggle to control.

$12.98


The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living with a stress disorder can be difficult to understand for the sufferer and the caregiver alike. This book aims to illuminate the situation by providing understanding and ideas to help as all parties read this book together, which includes stories from real kids, helpful checklists, resources and fact boxes.

$39.04


Uncle Milton Lightshow DJ

Uncle Milton Lightshow DJ

Feel your cares and worries slip away as you watch this multi-colored light show come alive on your wall along with your own favorite music. There are over 20 different light and color combinations and 4 different music programs to match your style of music and mood.

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A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries

A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries

This Autism Society award winner gives help for teaching about personal boundaries and the potential legal consequences of unacceptable behaviors. Speaking directly to adolescents and young adults who have anxiety, social, and behavioral challenges, its direct style, activities and examples encourage readers to think about their particular emotions and situations.

$9.83


Neliblu Sensory Toy

Neliblu Sensory Toy

The magical calming effect of visual input cannot be underestimated, and with this calming toy you can experience it first hand. With descending bubbles of two different colors, the delightful image on show will have a relaxing effect and is easy to carry around or have situated around the house or office.

$9.89


LED Magic Flashing Ball Wand

LED Magic Flashing Ball Wand

This wand sets the night aglow and makes wonderful patterns in the air, enough to engage and provide a stimulus for anyone who struggles to concentrate. Simple but fascinating, the wand is battery powered, meaning you can take it anywhere and have it ready to go at any time.

$10.58


All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

This energetic book is a great introduction to understanding Asperger’s and the issues surrounding it. By using the medium of felines, the book, which is full of colorful photographs, introduces characteristics common to life as a sufferer such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of contact, and peculiar eating habits.

$47.98


Stretchy Mice and Cheese Toy

Stretchy Mice and Cheese Toy

This adorable stress busting fidget toy is made from hyper-flex material so you can squish it or pull it into almost any shape and then watch it return. The mice detach for play and stress relief, and it can be easily stored at home, in the office, or taken on the road.

$10.20


The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules

The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules

Written specifically for kids suffering from Asperger’s, this handy book details all the social rules that seem normal to non-sufferers but that don’t come naturally to those dealing with its effects. Put together by a fellow sufferer who is raising 3 more, it connects on the right level from page one.

$3.59


Vive Therapy Putty

Vive Therapy Putty

Made from odorless and non-toxic silicone, this seeming lump of splurge is actually extremely proficient at relieving stress. By working the product through your hands, it produces a calming influence but is still easily portable to ensure it’s with you at all times. 3oz of product with 4 distinct resistance levels.

$17.99


Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends

Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends

Fitting in to school and social life is hard enough for anyone, but for those with Asperger’s a little extra guidance is required. This book, packed full with information, does that and gives sufferers a better understanding of communications with teachers and peers alike to make school life that much easier.

$1.35


Rhode Island Novelty Bendable Zoo Animals Pack

Rhode Island Novelty Bendable Zoo Animals Pack

These bendable and poseable small toys are great for people who don’t know what to do with their hands. People who fidget will find themselves easily occupied without disturbing those around them with these 4 inch figures that come in 4 different animal shapes; a giraffe, a tiger, a monkey and a zebra.

$9.04


YayaCat Dynamic Sand Picture

YayaCat Dynamic Sand Picture

This clever sand picture provides a calming backdrop for the day, allowing you to relax your eyes and cultivate patience. Made with a glass body and a silver plastic frame, and enclosing sand, water and air bubbles, one can create beautiful patterns like sea waves and mountains.

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Autistic? How Silly is That!: I Don't Need Any Labels at All

Autistic? How Silly is That!: I Don't Need Any Labels at All

Finding out that there is someone who is just like themselves is important to anyone with autism, and this book introduces a sufferer to a narrator they can identify with. By poking fun at the labels around autism, the book helps readers feel better about themselves and introduces them to their more important characteristics.

$9.39


PowerTRC Liquid Motion Timer

PowerTRC Liquid Motion Timer

The bubble motion inside this vessel will have a calming effect on anyone suffering from anxiety or stress. With an assortment of colors and a zigzagging action, this motion timer will provide a focus to allow yourself to calm down and relax in any busy environment.

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3 Comforting Diy Autistic Toys

Diy Body Sock

Diy Body Sock

Body socks are a great tool for children with anxiety and who struggle to understand spatial awareness, as they provide resistance, helping kids to understand where body extremities are. This DIY blog will help you make your own sock by way of simple instructions and helpful photographs.

How to Make a Lap Buddy to Help Fidgeting

How to Make a Lap Buddy to Help Fidgeting

Lap buddies provide a comforting presence for those suffering from stress or anxiety, providing a centering focus. Make your own with this creative blog that shows you the basic directions to producing a simple but effective tool that any sufferer can use to make an immediate effect on their reaction to anxiety.

Diy Weighted Stuffed Animals

Diy Weighted Stuffed Animals

Weighted stuffed animals are a great help to those kids who suffer from anxiety, helping to provide a calming influence. With this simple blog you can adapt a shop bought plush and make it a weighted animal that your child can take with them when travelling or on their daily journeys.
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