Pick the Perfect Sensory Toy
If you have an NDIS participant in your life, you might wonder what kind of sensory toys would be appropriate for them. After all, every individual is unique and will have different needs. In this blog post, we’ll give tips on picking the perfect sensory toy for your NDIS participant.
- Consider their age and stage of development. If your NDIS participant is very young, they might benefit from a soft, plush toy they can cuddle. If they’re a bit older, they might prefer a toy they can manipulate and explore, such as a set of nesting blocks. And if they’re nearing adolescence or adulthood, they might choose a more challenging sensory toy, such as a fidget spinner or puzzle.
- Consider their sensory needs. Some individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities can be susceptible to certain stimuli, while others may not be as sensitive. You’ll need to consider what sensory input your NDIS participant might need or want to feel calm and relaxed. For example, a weighted blanket or lap pad might be ideal if they’re seeking deep pressure input. Or if they’re seeking visual information, a spinning mobile or glitter ball might do the trick.
- Consider the environment in which the toy will be used. It’s essential to consider where the sensory toy will be used and whether it will be used in a calming or stimulating environment. For example, if the toy will be used in a classroom setting, it’s essential to choose a toy that won’t be too distracting for other students. On the other hand, if it will be used at home, you might want to choose a toy that’s more visually stimulating or that offers a variety of textures for your NDIS participant to explore.
We hope these tips have helped you choose the perfect sensory toy for your NDIS participant! Remember to consider their age and stage of development, their sensory needs, and the environment in which the toy will be used when making your decision. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!
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