How This Toy Made from Recycled Materials Could Help Your Kiddo on the Spectrum

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Need a new toy for a child with autism? One that is equal parts fun, satisfying, and therapeutic?

Look no further than this curvy ring stack, created by the “Recycling OT,” Barbara Smith. It’s made out of an old bird mister that she found at a yard sale. Pretty innovative, huh?

So how do you work it? The answer is pretty simple: you place a ring at the top of the bird mister, let it go, and watch it sail down to the bottom, making all sorts of curves and bends as it goes.

The result is pretty satisfying for those with autism…and those without it, too!

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But the ring stack isn’t just fun, and it doesn’t just provide the user with sensory satisfaction. It can also be used to help children on the spectrum develop vital skills, such as hand-eye coordination.

Talk about a win-win situation!

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For the rings, you have a variety of options to choose from. You can use shower curtain rings or just about anything circular that will fit over the top. You can even use slap bracelets, which provides a little extra sensory satisfaction!

Learn more about this awesome toy in the video below, and get inspired to create your own curvy ring stack!

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.