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NDIS approved sensory toys - The Complete Guide

Dec 1

According to the NDIS, sensory toys should support; the development of sensory processing abilities, sensory integration therapies aim to help with day-to-day activities.

What are the benefits of Sensory toys & games?

Being able to pay attention and remain on task is a challenge for many children on the autism spectrum. While in some cases, inattention and in your child's behaviour might be a sign of inattentive ADHD, in other cases, inattention can be a sign of sensory processing disorders. 


Sensory processing disorders, or SPDs, occur when the brain has trouble organizing and responding to sensory information. SPDs are a common problem in children on the autism spectrum and can cause a variety of issues, from problems sleeping to sensory overload. 


In order to improve attention and behaviour, it is important to address any sensory processing issues your child might have. 

What are the characteristics of a great sensory toy?

If you’re looking for a great sensory toy to help with your child’s sensory integration, you need to understand how to pick the best ones. 


If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that play is a vital part of a child’s development and it can be a wonderful way to treat and prevent developmental and behavioural issues. One way of doing this is through the use of sensory toys and the inclusion of sensory play in your child’s daily routine. 


There are several characteristics to look for when choosing a sensory toy. Sensory toys are generally designed to stimulate touch, movement, sight, sound, temperature, taste, and smell. They are also designed to promote exploration and discovery.


The role of parents in introducing sensory toys

A range of different toys can help support healthy sensory development. Sensory toys can help with a child's communication and social interaction, as well as their sensory processing and sensory integration. 


To help your child to benefit from sensory toys, it is helpful to understand their role in the child's development.

Sensory Toys should support:

  • Tactile Awareness
  • Tactile Discrimination
  • Tactile Exploration
  • Tactile Recognition
  • Tactile Refinement


What sensory toys do NDIS approve?

NDIS state that sensory based information must:

  • Providing sensory opportunities, such as tactile and proprioceptive experiences.
  • Challenging children's sensory systems, but at a level that is just right for each child.
  • Collaborating on activity choice, including incorporating children's interests.
  • Helping children learn to self-organise their play and behaviour.
  • Supporting optimal arousal, such as by modifying the environment to support attention, engagement, and comfort.
  • Using play as the context for learning.
  • Maximizing children's success during activities.
  • Ensuring children's physical safety.
  • Arranging the room so that children are encouraged to interact and learn.
  • Fostering therapeutic alliance with the child, such as through conveying positive regard.

NDIS approved sensory toys

The toys listed above cover a range of development processes and can be used to establish a solid sensory diet for your loved one. Sensory toys are the perfect tool to help individuals with their daily activities, help them cope up with daily routines and learn new skills.

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Please note: Always check with your local area co-ordinator and occupational therapist before buying and claiming sensory toys. 


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