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4. Childproof Tech With more and more apps being integrated into our kids’ therapies, it’s imperative we find a way to protect their devices (ahem, our devices...which we let them use). The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for iPad has a clear film screen protector and a sturdy rubber shell. Its flat base adds weight, providing slight pressure on the lap to enhance focus. The easel stand allows for angled viewing, and an alternative rocker is great for interactive play. Free Fisher-Price learning apps for developing fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination are also available from the iTunes store. (For ages 6 months to 3 years; $34.99; toysrus.com)
5. Award-Winning App AutisMate is an award-winning app that allows users to communicate visually, helping them to connect with the world around them through scenes or photos that can be made interactive with voice recordings, videos, and picture schedules. This uncomplicated way of communicating reduces the user’s frustration and can result in improved behavior. The app was created by Jonathan Izak, a computer scientist from NYC, whose younger brother suffers from autism. To learn more, visit autismate.com.
6. To Infinity, and Beyond! Made from a comfortable resistive material, the Space Explorer Suit provides calming deep pressure and proprioceptive input for tactile defensive children, sensory seekers, and crashers, including children and tweens with autism. This fun suit helps children develop spatial and body awareness, muscle strength, motor planning and creativity. Head can be placed outside or inside the Space Explorer. It's made of four-way stretch, machine-washable Lycra with a Velcro closure. Choose from animal prints or solid colors. (For ages 3 and older; $32.99; funandfunction.com)