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Explore OnBuy’s online toy shop and pick up a whole selection of exciting sensory toys, specifically designed to help children with special needs and autism explore their senses and enjoy each playtime in a fun and safe way that’s comfortable for them. Coming packed with an array of sense-stimulating features, including light, sound, textures and movement, and aimed to encourage a wealth of early learning development skills, these toys are the perfect playthings to make learning fun for your little ones. 

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About Special Needs & Autism

Here on OnBuy’s online toy shop, you’ll find a wealth of exciting toys specially designed for children with autism, ADHD and other special needs. Aimed to engage children with special educational needs (SEN), our range of specialist toys and educational toys allow children to enjoy playtimes, despite their disability. Packed with an array of sensory features, such as light, sound and music, these toys will allow your child to explore their senses in a fun and safe way, all while helping them to develop a variety of key early learning skills at the same time. From stress-reducing fidget toys to textured sensory circles, reward charts and more, our selection of special needs toys are sure to delight both parent and child alike. Have a rummage through our virtual toy box and pick out the best toys to thrill your tot! 

What makes special needs toys different?

In part, the only thing that makes special needs toys ‘special’ is the label – that and the fact they’re bought for a child with some form of SEN. Though not miles apart from your standard toys, most special needs toys feature a few elements which ever so slightly sets them aside from the rest. 

They’re designed to be both fun and safe for children with sensory and/or physical or motor planning challenges, delivering gentle sensory stimulation, without being too overwhelming. For example, a sensory toy with sound will have an easy-to-use design and will produce a far more comfortable level of volume than a loud computer-based game which requires complex interaction to play. In essence, special needs toys require little to no focused attention, language use or physical coordination – think a swing or a slide, for instance – and are flexible enough to be played with in several different ways. A good example of versatile toys for children with special needs would be some form of building blocks, such as LEGO or stacking rings. 

If you’re wanting to understand the complex science behind sensory toys further, our online library is full of educational advice books which can help to better your knowledge. There’s also a variety of resources and academic texts which can be found on the internet, allowing you to make an informed decision when picking up the perfect playthings for your little one.  

How do sensory toys help children with autism? 

Children with autism may have a tough time grasping things with sensory stimulation, which is why sensory toys are a wonderful tool to help engage their senses without leaving them feeling overwhelmed. Your child may struggle being in new situations, particularly when placed in an unfamiliar environment with strangers, and a sensory toy is the perfect distraction to help them relax and calm down when under such stresses. 

Using a variety of different features designed to engage the senses, including smell, touch, hearing and sight, sensory toys stimulate the brain by creating neurological pathways which serve to improve their neural processing systems. They’re a great way of helping to encourage your little one’s early learning development, such as gross motor skills, coordination and understanding of rules and activities, and can even aid their social development. 

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