I frequently get messages and emails from readers asking after my recommendations for stim toys.
Thankfully, the autistic kids of the millennial diagnostic wave are growing up, as is the neurodiversity movement, and we’ve been seeing a huge surge in the mainstream production of fidget toys.
Below is a brief (but ever-increasing) list of my favorite stim toys!
It’s a work in progress, meaning I’ll be adding to this whenever I try out some new cool stim. I just keep putting off publishing this post because the list doesn’t feel “complete,” so I figured–what the hay! I’ll post it now, and just add to it as-needed.
- My favorite go-to. I keep one in my pocket!
- One of my longest favorites, and a universal favorite of kids and adults alike!
- Cool looking, and so soothing.
- Also very cheap online!
- Less subtle, but oh so essential! Can be found in different textures and durabilities for all chewing intensity levels.
- Famous, easy to find, and inexpensive. In addition to the normal kind, there are also lots of neat ones!
- My all-time favorite! Very multipurpose. There’s a tactile stim for everyone on these. Each side is a different stim, and some sides even have more than one stim.
- An amazingly easy way to get deep pressure stimulation. You can make them yourself if you’re very crafty.
- Subtle, small, easy on-the-go. My favorites are either cute, or simulate fun common items.
More autism-friendly products and apps can be found at my tumblr blog here.