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There is a huge range of sensory toys available to assist both children and adults with special needs including those with autism, adhd, sensory processing disorder or other sensitivities. Toys are fun and great for developing motor skills and fine motor control through play, but when a toy is “sensory” then it brings extra benefits to toddlers, teens and adults who may crave that extra stimulation for the senses. Sensory toys are effective in helping a person to self-regulate and control input to their senses.

Therapists are increasingly recommending sensory items both at home and at school for a child who may suffer anxiety, restlessness or the inability to maintain attention for long periods of time. If an environment becomes stressful, objects that stimulate the hands, eyes or other body parts, can assist in promoting calm by giving an individual the sensory support that their body requires.

Some of the more common types of products that an occupational therapist may now promote as a tool for self-regulating and avoiding overload include:

• Tactile balls- these types of toys can be soft, squishy, extra-smooth or spiky. Kids will love the feel of them as they provide extra input to the senses when they are thrown, scrunched, squeezed or caught and there is a huge amount of games and activities that can be played with each type of ball. So whether or not you want to improve your power and accuracy in throwing, your hand-eye coordination, or you just need a calming sensory ball, these make a fantastic, versatile and all-round item in any kit bag. And why not even take it one step further and combine them in ball pits for the ultimate sensory experience!

• Fidget toys- these are becoming hugely popular! We are now witnessing the integration of fidget toys into the school classroom by teachers, and at home by parents, as a solution to increase concentration and focus. They come in all weird and wacky shapes and sizes that appeal to not only a child but also teens and adults. They include such items as pop fidgets, fidget spinners, fidget cubes, and even bracelets and jewellery that is made to be chewed. They are actually a whole lot of fun to tinker, balance, fiddle and play with!

• Putty – this is a great sensory tool that is often used by occupational therapists to improve fine motor control along with improving finger and hand strength. It is available in a wide range of colours, textures and consistencies. Not only that but is just plain and simply fun to play with.

• Sensory Sand – this sand is an awesome sensory toy, allowing the user to be creative and mould whatever shape or object they like. It works similar to wet sand in that the user can mould shapes to their heart’s content. It isn’t gritty on your fingers like sand and it won’t dry out making it perfect for kids of all ages.

• Weighted toys – these are usually weighted stuffed animals and are heavier than a normal stuffed toy that you may purchase in a store. They are a way to reduce anxiety and can help others with sleeping. They range in sizes and weights including lap sizes for use in a discreet environment such as a school classroom right up to huge, weighted elephant which can function as a sleeping buddy at night-time.

• Weighted blankets – these are a heavier blanket and come in a range of sizes, weights and materials. They are very popular for children and adults who crave extra pressure on their body, but also are being increasingly used by people experiencing insomnia and other sleep issues. Occupational therapists usually recommend a weight that is no more than 10% of a person’s body weight.

So check out our online store for more information and a huge range of these items to choose from with a price to suit your budget. Shipping is available Australia wide.


There is a huge range of sensory toys available to assist both children and adults with special needs including those with autism, adhd, sensory processing disorder or other sensitivities. Toys are fun and great for developing motor skills and fine motor control through play, but when a toy is “sensory” then it brings extra benefits to toddlers, teens and adults who may crave that extra stimulation for the senses. Sensory toys are effective in helping a person to self-regulate and control input to their senses.

Therapists are increasingly recommending sensory items both at home and at school for a child who may suffer anxiety, restlessness or the inability to maintain attention for long periods of time. If an environment becomes stressful, objects that stimulate the hands, eyes or other body parts, can assist in promoting calm by giving an individual the sensory support that their body requires.

Some of the more common types of products that an occupational therapist may now promote as a tool for self-regulating and avoiding overload include:

• Tactile balls- these types of toys can be soft, squishy, extra-smooth or spiky. Kids will love the feel of them as they provide extra input to the senses when they are thrown, scrunched, squeezed or caught and there is a huge amount of games and activities that can be played with each type of ball. So whether or not you want to improve your power and accuracy in throwing, your hand-eye coordination, or you just need a calming sensory ball, these make a fantastic, versatile and all-round item in any kit bag. And why not even take it one step further and combine them in ball pits for the ultimate sensory experience!

• Fidget toys- these are becoming hugely popular! We are now witnessing the integration of fidget toys into the school classroom by teachers, and at home by parents, as a solution to increase concentration and focus. They come in all weird and wacky shapes and sizes that appeal to not only a child but also teens and adults. They include such items as pop fidgets, fidget spinners, fidget cubes, and even bracelets and jewellery that is made to be chewed. They are actually a whole lot of fun to tinker, balance, fiddle and play with!

• Putty – this is a great sensory tool that is often used by occupational therapists to improve fine motor control along with improving finger and hand strength. It is available in a wide range of colours, textures and consistencies. Not only that but is just plain and simply fun to play with.

• Sensory Sand – this sand is an awesome sensory toy, allowing the user to be creative and mould whatever shape or object they like. It works similar to wet sand in that the user can mould shapes to their heart’s content. It isn’t gritty on your fingers like sand and it won’t dry out making it perfect for kids of all ages.

• Weighted toys – these are usually weighted stuffed animals and are heavier than a normal stuffed toy that you may purchase in a store. They are a way to reduce anxiety and can help others with sleeping. They range in sizes and weights including lap sizes for use in a discreet environment such as a school classroom right up to huge, weighted elephant which can function as a sleeping buddy at night-time.

• Weighted blankets – these are a heavier blanket and come in a range of sizes, weights and materials. They are very popular for children and adults who crave extra pressure on their body, but also are being increasingly used by people experiencing insomnia and other sleep issues. Occupational therapists usually recommend a weight that is no more than 10% of a person’s body weight.

So check out our online store for more information and a huge range of these items to choose from with a price to suit your budget. Shipping is available Australia wide.

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