I want to give a big shout out to Sensory Specialties, a brand new shop dedicated to bringing sensory goods and developmental toys to individuals with sensory differences such as ADHD, ASD, SPD and any developmental delay or disorder.
I stopped into this store today and was very pleased with their offerings. They have a lot of Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles, vibrating pillows, weighted vests, therapy balls, scooters and even swings/hammocks. We purchased a sensory brush, a sticky ball with two “mitts” (you’d have to see it to appreciate it; it is really neat) and what I call “sensory balls”. They are multi-colored tiny balls that grow larger in water. No shrinkage here, folks! 🙂
To kids like my daughter, who has Asperger’s, the feel of these balls is very soothing and relaxing. Shit, I think they feel pretty cool! I think they are the same kind of balls used in that Orbeez spa toy.
So if you’re in the central Massachusetts area and you’re interested in sensory items for any kids in your life, feel free to stop into Sensory Specialties. They are right on Rte. 20 in North Oxford. There isn’t a sign outside the store yet so it’s easy to miss. The store is located in a little plaza along with a liquor store and a U-Haul. If you’re coming from Walmart heading West on 20 and you reach Southbridge Savings Bank, you’ve gone a little too far.
It’s good to finally see a store for kids with special needs in our area!