I’ve found that my autistic daughter often doesn’t go for the expensive toys with all the bells and whistles. Like many kids with autism, she has strong sensory needs, and the toys that really appeal to her are those that fill that need.
My most recent find was a somewhat disturbing looking animal punch ball. Their were other animals available, but I grabbed the pig, along with bubbles and a nubby ball. The toys were only $1.99 each, and buy 2 get 1 free (Walgreens).
I had a feeling she would really go for the silly pig, since it was squishy and the material had a weird feel to it. I was right. It has been a preferred toy for the past 5 days. I have inflated it into a ball, then just as a squishy toy. She likes it both ways, and it is easy to change the inflation of it. I find it a little less disturbing to look at less inflated, so that is how it currently is.