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What Are Sensory Toys and Music Therapy Toys?

Sensory toys and music therapy toys stimulate senses such as touch, hearing and sight. Children of all abilities benefit from sensory play, and kids with certain disabilities can use it to feel comfortable. Auditory stimulation therapy tools use sound to add extra sensation or soothe someone with a sensory processing disorder. Other sensory toys use lights, motion and texture to trigger the senses. Many toys activate more than one sense, such as a plush toy (touch) that makes gentle sounds (hearing).

Benefits of Auditory and Sensory Stimulation Toys

People with disabilities like ADHD, autism and OCD can feel overstimulated or understimulated by the average sensory experience. As a result, they need a lower or higher amount of stimulation. Auditory and sensory stimulation toys balance the senses and make the person feel at ease. They help children with sensory differences develop healthy processing and learn coping skills.

Music therapy toys and sensory music toys use sound to help people with a wide range of disabilities. In addition to stimulating the senses, they can help someone with a hearing impairment, visual impairment, learning disability or speech disorder. An auditory stimulation toy teaches the user which sounds to focus on and how to identify them. Using one of these therapy tools can improve language and motor skills.

Who Benefits From Sensory and Music Therapy Toys?

People of all ages with disabilities use sensory toys and music therapy tools. Most of our customers for these products include:

  • Families of children with special needs: Loved ones of children with disabilities can buy sensory toys to keep at home. Toys that vibrate, flash lights and make noises give special needs children a sensory outlet. Soothing lamps and soft toys help a child calm down when they feel overstimulated.
  • Adults with disabilities: Adults with many types of disabilities also use sensory and music therapy toys. Many of our sensory toys appeal to adults with intellectual disabilities because of their fun designs and colors.
  • Special education classes: In a special education classroom, every student has unique sensory needs. Some classes have sensory corners or rooms that provide a retreat for overstimulated students. Activities that involve sensory and music toys let students learn about their senses together.

How to Use Sensory and Music Therapy Toys to Build Your Child’s Skills

If you want to help your child with special needs develop skills, you can use stimulation therapy tools to teach:

  • Cause and effect: Switch adapted toys that make noise can help your child make connections between events. Learning about cause and effect helps them improve their cognitive skills overall.
  • Motor function: Playing with an auditory or sensory toy allows your child to practice movement. When they press a button, they develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Collaboration: When your child shares the toy with another person, they learn how to work together. They also discover their friends’ unique abilities.

Request a Custom Sensory Stimulation Toy

Do you have a toy in mind that would make the perfect fit for a child’s needs? Our product development team may have the resources to make it for you. Get in touch with us at 800.832.8697 X320 or contact our team online for more information.