Five Products for Families, Kids with Autism

Every year, more children are diagnosed with autism than with juvenile diabetes, AIDS or cancer combined.

April is National Autism Awareness month and part of that effort includes informing parents and other caregivers about products that can be useful for their families.

Korner'D from Endless Games is brand new for Spring 2013. This game is a proud partner of Autism Speaks and a great challenge for everyone, including those with special needs. Korner'D is a puzzle that's also a game! The rules are simple, just match the colors on the tile to the pattern on the board. Play all of your tiles, and you win! Korner'D is so basic-yet so compelling. It's the mind-bending, abstract strategy game of perception that brings excitement with each new discovery. For ages 8+

Soft Blocks are unique interlock blocks for children three and older that help foster problem solving skills and constructive building techniques. Children instinctively respond to the soft material which also makes playing ouch-free. No need to worry about stepping or sitting on Soft Blocks as they will just softly bend and squish! Unlike small hard plastic building blocks which little fingers can have a hard time snapping together and prying apart, Soft Blocks fit together and come apart with ease. Soft Blocks float, and are great for the pool or bath too. Sold in a set of 36 blocks in four primary colors of red, blue, yellow, and green, the building possibilities are endless.

Just in time for National Autism Awareness Month, the Wikki Stix Book of Wiggles, Squiggles, and Curlicues has made its debut as an award-winning board book for children with special needs, such as Autism, and other sensory processing disorders. Engaging and "mistake-free," which allows for self-esteem to grow and flourish. Designed for children ages three and up, this activity book is great for hand and finger strengthening, developing pincer grip, and can be used as a precursor to pointing and for pressing down. Plus, there is the additional component of color matching by selecting the right colored Wikki to complete the picture.

Tag Along Teddy-A backpack that is both fun and functional that comes with a new best friend, too! The Tag Along Teddy(r) Plush Doll Backpacks are made with a removable stuffed animal. So cute and cuddly, Kai the Koala, Mister Monkey, Diggity Dog and Timit Tiger are destined to become your child's favorite take along for any excursion! Available in small for short family excursions and a large size that works well for the carry on bag that holds everything needed for a peaceful flight. It has been noted that Autistic children like weighted backpacks to help them feel grounded. This will also help Autistic children not feel overwhelmed and comfortable when they are out and about.

Make music with Stephen Joseph Gifts' Durable Wooden Percussion Set. The Maracas and Tambourine encourages creativity plus they are FUN! The Maracas have a curved, easy grip handle; perfect for little hands! You will Love the Butterfly/Flower, Dino and Monkey Themes! These musical instruments are great for kids with autism to help promote pretend play. $19.99

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