A young child can benefit from aids that offer visual stimulation and are calm and soothing. They may not be able to handle and play with ordinary toys, but there is a huge range of appropriate sensory toys that will bring a combination of interest and comfort for your child or loved one.
Just like anyone else, your child or loved one will have their own sensory preferences. Observe how they respond to an experience and this can guide you towards further experiences that they enjoy.
Depending on the stage your child or loved one is at, both related to age and regression, there are a combination of great sensory experiences that can be bought, gifted or made.
Keep in mind that during the course of your child or loved one’s regression, their sensory experience will change. They may lose their long-distance vision or experience a loss of hearing, or have increased sensitivity to soft touch.
Introducing familiarity to some of these toys as early on as possible may provide comfort in later stages of the disease.
Contact Rare Find Foundation for access to some simple toys that have been well-received by other babies and younger children.
Some ideas for sensory experiences are included below. Ensure that your child or loved one is supervised by an adult experienced with their abilities and limitations, to ensure that they experience these ideas for play safely.