The list author says: "Toys I've found to be favorites during my speech therapy sessions! These are items I've used with young (9 and under) children on the spectrum or older children with at least moderate autism."
"A classic! Thomas plus a 'roller coaster' style toy, another fave. The legs are not very stable, though. You could try super-gluing them. I take this apart and put it back together for each use - it's fairly simple to do and a good opportunity for language. Kids can request each piece or give directions ("Put on the bridge") as you build."
"Fun, intiguing toy, but an adult will need to put it together and the marbles can be swallowed! Another great game for language - have the child be the builder and work on following directions, or have them be the 'director' and use language to direct you."
"This is a fun and motivating toy! A warning - it's kind of a one-trick pony, so I don't know that it would hold attention for long periods of time. Save as a limited play toy during therapy sessions or when you want your child to request something/play with you/etc."
"This is the only video I'm listing as it's not really a 'toy'. I am not a big fan of having kids sit and watch a lot of videos, however, I mention this because it's been useful with some kids that were very, very hard to motivate!"
"I'll be honest and say I've never personally tried this toy, but if I had the space for it I would. Ball pits/bouncy toys look like great sensory items for the kids, and they make ones that are big but not enormous."
"Even for kids who are not into pretend play in a big way, the Smart Snacks products (they sell other sets) tend to be appealing. For one, they are all made to be manipulated in some way - stacked, snapped together, matched, etc. They are bright, life-like, and appealing, and designed to teach various concepts, while serving as a window to pretend play!"
"These cut-up foods are another great pretend play item for kids who aren't necessarily 'into' pretend play yet. Few kids can resist the satisfaction of slicing these and putting them back together! Other great and enticing Melissa and Doug food sets are the 'create-a-food' style toys, such as the Pizza Party and Birthday Party Cake."