Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we thought we’d highlight some wonderful products for people on the spectrum and their families. Whether you’re in need of fun presents, reading material, or deep pressure therapy, you’ll probably find that one of these products is the right fit.
We’ve included products of all types and for all ages. For more information about any particular product, click on the product image.
The Snug Vest is an inflatable therapy garment for providing Deep Pressure Therapy. The best part? It just feels like a big hug! It is durable, washable, and adjustable to grow with a child, and uses soft fabrics with no inside tags for sensitive kids. Firm pressure to the torso activates the sensory system to relieve anxiety as well as increase focus and attention, and is especially effective for individuals with sensory and attention challenges or autism, and with high levels of anxiety and stress.
Autism Parenting Magazine is an magazine and online resource that provides information and interventions about Autism so that you can make the most informed decisions about what will benefit your child. The magazine—written primarily for parents—includes special guest articles from medical professionals and authorities in the world of Autism. They also include content written by people on the spectrum.
The Zones of Regulation app is a framework for thinking as well as a curriculum geared towards helping children/students gain skills in consciously regulating their behaviors, including the management of their emotions and level of alertness. The app is designed to teach control and problem solving abilities. This is a great app regardless of whether or not your child is on the autism spectrum. Plus, it will be hard to beat its cheap price!
Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum is an illustrated children’s book that tackles a topic that has received little attention—the relationship between a neurotypical child and a parent on the spectrum. As such, this book provides a conversational starting point for families with a parent on the autism spectrum. While narrated from the perspective of a boy whose father has Autism Spectrum Disorder and a mother who does not, his thoughts and questions apply equally to other variations of this family structure. Written by Elizabeth Marks, Growing Together is a wonderful book that is sure to grow the reader’s personal insight.
Do you feel like you’re short on helpful ideas for raising your children on the spectrum? Well, there’s plenty of ideas in 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s! In this expanded edition, Ellen Notbohm (best-selling author) and Veronica Zysk (former editor of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine) present parents and educators with over 1800 ideas—try-it-now tips, eye-opening advice, and grassroots strategies. More than 600 fresh ideas join tried and true tactics from the original edition, while many ideas pick up where the first edition left off, offering modifications for older kids, honing in on Asperger’s challenges, and enhancing already-effective ways to help your child or student achieve success at home, in school, and in the community.
Just want some quick fun? The SHOEZOOZ Educational Shoe Stickers are excellent for toddlers, preschoolers, children on the autism spectrum, and kids with developmental disabilities and sensory processing challenges. They are also great for anyone who prefers visual learning. The stickers adhere inside the heels of kids’ shoes. One goes on the left and one goes on the right. Together they make a complete picture! It’s the easiest and most fun way to learn how to put your shoes on the right feet!