Top Ten Stocking Fillers for Autism

Top Ten Stocking Fillers for Autism

Stocking fillers for children with additional needs should be thoughtful, engaging, and cater to their individual preferences and requirements.

Here are ten top stocking fillers for children with Autism and additional needs:

1. Light-Up Toy

A mini light up toy can capture a child's attention while providing visual and auditory stimulation. These toys can be engaging and entertaining, promoting sensory exploration and play. Many Autistic children enjoy spinning light up toys.

Light Up Toy

2. Visual Timer

A visual timer can be a helpful tool for children with autism who benefit from visual cues and routine. It assists in transitioning between activities by providing a clear and visual indication of time passing, helping to reduce anxiety related to transitions.

Sand Timer3. Stress Balls

Stress balls offer a simple and effective way for children to release tension and anxiety through hand squeezing. The tactile feedback can be especially beneficial for sensory seekers.

Christmas Stress Balls4. Crinkle Fidget Paper

Crinkle paper provides auditory stimulation and a unique tactile experience. Many children with autism enjoy the sound and sensation of crinkling, making it a simple yet effective sensory tool.

Fidget paper
5. Sensory Chew Necklace

For children who seek oral sensory input, a chew necklace can be a discreet and safe solution. These necklaces come in various shapes and textures, providing a socially acceptable way for children to satisfy their oral sensory needs.

sensory chew necklace


6. Chocolate Name

You have to have chocolate, right? Personalised chocolates add a special touch to the stocking. The joy of seeing their name on a sweet treat can be a delightful experience. Additionally, chocolates can provide a moment of sensory pleasure through taste and texture.

Chocolate with name on.


7. Sensory-friendly Art Supplies

Opt for art supplies that cater to sensory preferences, such as soft brushes, or squishy, mouldable clay, easy-to-grip crayons or large-grip pencils.

8. Routine-based Items

Consider items related to their favourite routines or activities. This could be a toy related to a special interest or a personalised routine chart.
routine chart
9. Auditory Stimulation

Small musical instruments (like a mini tambourine or maraca), a calming music CD, or a sound-making toy.
musical toys
10. Comfort Items

A soft, plush teddy or toy that provides comfort and a sense of security.
3 Christmas stockings hanging on a garland


When selecting stocking fillers, it's essential to consider the individual sensory preferences and sensitivities of the child. Additionally, items that cater to different senses—tactile, visual, and auditory—can contribute to a well-rounded sensory experience. Ultimately, the goal is to provide toys that bring joy and support the child's unique needs during the Christmas season.

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