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Autism and Soft Toys

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:19 pm
by poohdedoo
Dear all,

I would like to know how your child reacts to soft toys (plush toys). Do they like to have soft toys around? What kind of softtoys they like? (weighted, scented, normal)
Do they dislike soft toys due to sensory issues?

Re: Autism and Soft Toys

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:25 am
by Onew1946
Kids are emotionally attached to the soft toys and it doesn't harm them.Soft toys come in various forms like Teddy, animals, birds, cartoon characters etc.

Re: Autism and Soft Toys

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:16 pm
by B.L. Pike
Aren't soft toys wonderful! Texture can be an issue with autism, but that's an individual thing, and kids readily pick the ones they want and discard those that don't agree with them. Our son with autism, now in his mid-30s, still keeps a drift of soft toys on his bed. His service dog, a golden retriever mix, also does double-duty as a kind of giant, breathing soft toy. For our son, these all seem to represent not only comfort but a kind of non-judgemental companionship and even a spur to his imagination. He's not above drawing them into his sketches, so I know they offer a sort of relationship that is not as demanding as some of his real-life ones. From my viewpoint, it's all good.
B.L.

Re: Autism and Soft Toys

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:16 pm
by B.L. Pike
Aren't soft toys wonderful! Texture can be an issue with autism, but that's an individual thing, and kids readily pick the ones they want and discard those that don't agree with them. Our son with autism, now in his mid-30s, still keeps a drift of soft toys on his bed. His service dog, a golden retriever mix, also does double-duty as a kind of giant, breathing soft toy. For our son, these all seem to represent not only comfort but a kind of non-judgemental companionship and even a spur to his imagination. He's not above drawing them into his sketches, so I know they offer a sort of relationship that is not as demanding as some of his real-life ones. From my viewpoint, it's all good.
B.L.