Are you autistic and love smooth objects? Do you love to feel them or even just look at them?

Here are eight ways to fulfill your sensory seeking needs using smooth objects!

Autistic individuals often experience sensory sensitivities, and finding suitable stimming toys that cater to their unique needs can be a rewarding endeavor.

For those who find comfort in the tactile sensation of smooth textures, there are numerous objects that will provide a soothing and engaging experience. 

1     Velvet Fidget Cube

Fidget cubes are designed with various tactile features, and a velvet-covered version caters specifically to Autistics who appreciate smooth sensations.

Each side of the cube offers a different tactile experience, from gliding over the velvet surface to pressing smooth buttons.

2     Smooth Stones

Smooth polished stones can serve as simple and portable stimming tools.

The cool, smooth surface of the stones offers a comforting tactile experience for those on the Autism Spectrum, making them an easily accessible option.

The stones range from small to fitting snuggly in one’s palm, and may even be sold in a larger size.

Some are one color, variations of a single color, multi-colored and — of course — many come with all sorts of scenery painted on them, such as animals, flowers, nature imagery and more.

3     Soft Plush Blanket

A soft plush blanket with a silky smooth texture can provide a comforting and tactile experience.

Whether used for wrapping around oneself or simply running fingers across the surface, a plush blanket can offer a soothing sensation for people with ASD seeking smooth tactile stimulation.

4     Silicone Pop Bubble Fidget

This sensory toy features a sheet of silicone bubbles that can be popped and pushed through.

The smooth surface and repetitive popping sound offer a satisfying tactile and auditory experience, making it an engaging stimming toy.

5     Wooden Fidget Cube

The cube can be manipulated but also simply used to run one’s palm or fingers along to appreciate its smoothness.

6     Tangle Fidget

This device, which comes in many colors, features a series of smooth, interconnected and curved segments that you can twist and manipulate.

Though some tangle stimmers are more textured, there are many smooth varieties.

These fidgets will provide a repetitive and calming motion, making it an excellent stimming toy for those who enjoy smooth, continuous movements.

7     Fidget Spinner

Fidget spinners have gained popularity for their calming effects. Opt for one with smooth, rounded edges to cater to the tactile preferences of individuals who seek comfort in the sensation of smooth, consistent rotation.

8     Koosh Ball

The koosh ball is a soft, rubbery toy with numerous stretchy, smooth tendrils.

Its unique texture offers a pleasant tactile experience, making it an ideal stimming implement for those who enjoy the sensation of pliable, smooth materials.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical and fitness topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. In 2022 she received a diagnosis of Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder. 


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