In this weeks blog, we’re focusing on our favourite products and toys for children with sensory needs. We handpick 100’s of items for our store and some are selected as they are ideal for kids with sensory issues.
What are Sensory Processing Issues for a Child?
Sensory issues for children will affect their ability to be able to process information from their senses, whether it be from light, sound, touch, taste or smell. Quite often they find it hard to cope whenever any of these triggers occur. In many situations if they are forced to endure these triggers regularly it can lead to melt downs of some kind.
Who is affected by sensory processing disorder?
Anyone can be affected by sensory processing problems, but within children this can develop from a young age, and is often found in some developmental conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What is it like for a child who has issues processing sensory functions?
The easiest way to understand what it's like for a child who struggles with processing sensory needs is to understand what certain situations you struggle with.
Ever been overdressed in a hot environment and feel like you're boiling up and want to strip off? Perhaps, the thought of someone scratching a chalkboard with their nails, does this make you shiver and your teeth chatter? Well these certain situations and 100’s more, gives you some idea of what it regularly feels like if you have sensory processing issues. Note that every child is different and what could be a trigger for one child, might not affect another.
Some of our favourite products that help children with sensory needs.
Over the years many products have been created in order to help children process their sensory needs. Sensory toys for kids come in a variety of shapes, sizes and offer varying solutions, some will simply help a child calm down, whilst others are designed to satisfy a childs preferred sense which is enjoyable to him/her. The ultimate goal of any sensory product is to lower a child's fear or discomfort around a particular environment. We’re proud to stock a popular collection which goes some way to helping children with sensory processing issues.
Fast becoming a favourite item for 2023, these really are a popular item amongst our customer base and a timely addition to this list. Splash Swim Goggles are unique. From a sensory perspective the fabric band on the back of the goggles are designed to spread the pressure of the band across the back of the head. If your child suffers with touch on their head (a common issue amongst children with sensory processing problems) being an issue, then you must try these kids goggles. They come in a variety of designs, making them a fun addition to your sensory processing armoury. For everyone else, they also offer the solution of stopping kids' hair getting tangled up with the band, a common complaint amongst all the other kids goggles on the market.
As a family with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we have lost count of the number of items that have been broken in a melt down, or ‘just because’ over the years. Introducing Roshambo Sunglasses for kids. They are fun, available in loads of colours, offer great protection from the sunlight and most importantly unbreakable! If your child likes to bend, throw (often out the window - dont ask!), drop or chew their items, then these sunglasses will last a lot longer than any other pair you have purchased in the past.
In the aftermath of a meltdown, its important to have a product which offers a calming solution. Mimbleballs are perfect. Each Mimbleball has long hair which children often use to stroke offering a calming approach for your child. Mimbleballs also known as a worry monster, was actually created for children who suffer with anxiety so it has that unique double solution, an ideal gift for children that suffer with either condition or just as an addition to their teddy collection. Available in a number of fun designs.
Its a classic and has been hugely popular over the last few years with children who have sensory needs including those with ADHD (attention deficit/hyper disorder). Fidget poppers keep your hands moving/busy which can really help in certain situations. We’re proud to have created our own bubble fidget poppers available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours and bundles, check out our collection.
Another KHH exclusive, the tie teether was created for our younger customers as a teething toy. The crinkle noise and touch, plus the chewing function provides ample stimulation making it an ideal solution for younger children who have sensory needs and also newborn babies. Available in two colours you can view them both here.
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