Sensory Friendly Products

These are some resources that may be helpful for your family. We do not endorse any external organizations or websites, and we encourage you to contact them directly to find the best fit for your family.

Note – It is recommended that the use of some sensory products (for example, a weighted vest) be supervised by a professional such as an occupational therapist, who can provide specific instructions and precautions.

For more resources or support, please contact Katie, our Family Resource Coach, at 519-886-9992 ext. 2 or frc@aswr.ca.

Chewelry (Chewable jewelry)

Chewable Bead Bliss: Food-grade, silicone based chewable jewelery. Safe for children to handle, pull-on and chew. Our chewable jewelery (Chewelry) is designed to satisfy oral sensory needs. Standard and custom designs are available for you. Based in Cambridge.

Chewbeads: 100% silicone jewelry. Buy online or visit one of their retail partners.

The Night Owls Crochet & Crafts: As a mother to a little girl with special needs, I know how hard it can be to find the right accessories to fit our kids. I have designed a variety of necklaces to give children like ours a safe outlet for their anxiety and sensory seeking behaviours. As an added bonus, they are also cute and stylish, so the necklace doesn’t stand out as an obvious aide.  All Silicone Products are: BPA Free, Phthalates Free, Cadmium Free, Lead Free, PVC Free and the Highest quality Food-Grade silicone on the market. Silk cord and plastic breakaway clasp for added safety. Use coupon code: ASWR2016KIDS for 15% off your purchase of $15.00 or more. This code expires December 31, 2016

Sensory/Snoezelen Rooms

Sunbeam Centre Special Physical Resources: Sensory Room, Snoezelen Room, Therapeutic Pool, and Snoezelen Spa. Many of these resources can be reserved or scheduled at a nominal fee.

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre Sensory Room: Spend time with your child in a calming environment designed for sensory stimulation of all types. For children birth to age six, see current schedule on the website for drop-in and program times. Free.

Light House Snoezelen Room: Our Snoezelen room will provide a calming experience to all members of our community. Individuals will enjoy a unique experience involving gentle light, music and a variety of tactile sensations. Light House’s community Snoezelen room is open to all clients, community agencies, support groups and school groups.

Weighted Blankets

Cute & Simple Designs specializes in the manufacturing and selling of quality weighted blankets. All of our fabrics are hand-picked, ensuring only the very best selection. Based in Cambridge.

Hippo Hug weighted blankets was founded in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Products include lap pads, shoulder wraps, and weighted blankets.

Lycra Bed Sheets for deep pressure input. Located in the U.S., ships to Canada.

Weight On Me Weighted Blankets: Affordable Weighted Blankets for Sleep, Autism, Pain, Calming, Relaxing. Based in Oklahoma, ships to Canada.

Stores in the Waterloo Region

Nick’s World weighted blankets, weighted animals, time-timers, etc. Located in Kitchener, ON

Tadpole Children’s Shoppe in Uptown Waterloo.

Toysense Plus: We specialize in toys that will motivate and promote skills for all children — including those who face special challenges.

Online stores

8 Online Stores to Purchase Sensory Friendly Clothing: A list of online stores that sell sensory friendly clothing and other items.

5 Senses of Fun:  An online store selling sensory friendly items all approved by “Autism Expert” Kaitlyn who has had autism since birth.

Special Needs Toys: For more than 30 years, the passion of TFH has been developing personalized Sensory Environments and products for learning and therapy. Based in Pickering, ON.

 

FAQ

I think I/my child may be on the autism spectrum. Where can I get an assessment?

Below are some options for getting an assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eligibility and cost varies with each option.

Who can help me to advocate for myself/my child within the school system?

The following agencies/organizations can assist you in navigating the education system and advocating for yourself or your child:

Who can help me/my child with mental health concerns (i.e. anxiety, stress/coping)?

Here are some services in our community that can assist with mental health concerns:

Are there any supports for people who don’t have a diagnosis of ASD yet?

Below are some resources that you may find useful prior to receiving a formal diagnosis of ASD:

See answers to question #3 for mental health supports

What are some sources of funding that I or my family may be eligible for?

*Please note that the Q&A is for general information only and may not pertain to your specific situation. For more detailed and personalized information, please contact the Family Resource Coach directly.