In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 68 school-aged children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A more recent parent survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics puts that number much higher, reporting 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older have autism. The STAR institute estimates, based on their research, that 75% of children with autism have “significant symptoms of sensory processing disorder.”
Given that high correlation and comorbidity rate, a multi-sensory approach to therapy and teaching for children with autism is a likely approach!
Before we dive into which autism sensory products are our favorite, let's give you a quick overview of sensory integration therapy and how it relates to the products below.
If you'd like a more in-depth look at sensory integration therapy, you can see our article on that here.
SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY
For children who are demonstrating difficulty with sensory processing, or who are diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory integration therapy (SI) can be helpful in remediating some of the issues that result from the way a child processes sensory stimuli. Sensory integration therapy includes specific activities to target a child’s ide