The Top 10 Best Gifts for Kids With Autism

Holiday shopping is tricky, and if you’re new to the autism community, you may be wondering what gifts will both help your child and fill their heart with glee. So we asked our Mighty readers what toys their children with autism loved the most. Here’s what they had to say:

The Airwalker Therapy Swing:



This therapeutic swing, made of heavy-duty spandex, is a great sensory toy for children who enjoy spinning and swinging. Go here to learn more or purchase it.

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register:


This solar-powered toy cash register is a great combination of fun and learning. It comes with fake bills, plastic coins and credit cards and is recommended for ages 3 to 8. Visit here to learn more.

Sensory Sox:


Therapeutic sensory body socks, like the one above, are great tools for kids who have tactile issues and those who need to develop body awareness. It’s also a great place to hide out and calm down for a moment. Visit here for more information.

Moon Sand:


Moon sand is sand that doesn’t get messy — it sticks to itself instead of to your hands and body. It feels great and comes in colorful colors, perfect for tactile and visual sensations. To purchase it or read more about it, visit here.

Bazoongi Bouncer Trampoline with Handle Bar:


Trampolines are good therapy tools because the repetitive bouncing motion helps children learn over time how to read impulses from their different sensory systems. It’s also a lot of fun. To purchase or for more info, visit here.

 Connectagons, Under The Sea:

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This set of 234 ocean-themed interlocking wooden pieces is great for children to work on spatial thinking and hand-eye coordination, not to mention creativity. For more information, visit here.

Color Changing Teddy Bear:

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This super soft stuffed animal’s tummy and cheeks light up when you squeeze the paw, and its soothing glow shifts colors. It’s perfect for visually oriented kids and also provides something soft to snuggle. For more information, visit here.

The Spin Disc:

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The Spin Disc is a balance-training device designed to help improve balance and coordination. Children can sit or lie down while spinning. For more information, visit here.

LeapFrog Scribble & Write:

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This tablet-like toy is great for helping a child hone his or her fine motor skills by allowing them to practice letters and numbers. To purchase, visit here.

Fun and Function’s Blue Weighted Compression Vest:

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This compression vest is great for children with sensory and attention issues, as the weight and pressure of it help calm its wearer. For more information, visit here.

What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comment section below. Happy shopping, everyone!

The Top 10 Best Gifts for Kids With Autism

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