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Hello, My 21 months old has Autism, He is a handsome ,smart little guy who has sensory issues. I went to the dollar store and picked up all kinds of different items with different textures such as squishy balls,cotton balls,a duster,etc. I have found in just two weeks of using these boxes with him everyday twice a day that he went from not touching any of it to playing and exploring every item! Having structured playtime with your child is important its helps them focus and learn . I also do not allow him to watch a lot of tv because it overstimulates him however wheel of fortune has become a nightly thing LOL.

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Comment by Martianne Stanger on August 29, 2011 at 11:52am
We also love texture boxes and bins.  I am trying to start a sensory bin contents swap locally.  Might be a fun idea for you to try, too.
Comment by Shelly M on July 18, 2011 at 4:22pm
Good ideas! Along those lines, when my kids were toddlers/pre-K age, they liked to use those same small items (cotton balls, bouncy balls, small pom-poms, cheerios, etc.) and pour them from cup to cup, scoop them with small garden tools, scoop them with a dollar store ice cream scoop, sort them into the sections of an ice cube tray, etc. I LOVE sensory activities for keeping kids angaged!

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