A lot of people on the autism spectrum suffer from sensory issues: their body is more finely attuned to the stimulus of the outside world, which can in turn be very overwhelming for them. This manifests itself in a sense of uncomfortableness that can even cause physical pain if it becomes too much.
Autism sensory toys help make this problem less intense: they create different physical sensations that the kids can control and experiment with, which helps them connect with their body and understand physical sensations better so they are less overwhelming.
There is an extremely wide range of sensory toys: those that have lights, those that have sounds, those that combine a lot of different textures such as bumps, soft spots, fluffy areas, or even little spikes in the toy…
Finding adequate sensory toys can be difficult as they don’t produce the same reactions on everybody, so be patient and keep trying until you find the one that helps you!