12 Gift Ideas for Your Special Needs Child

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  • Reasons shopping for a special needs child is difficult
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Reasons gift shopping for special needs is difficult.


Christmas or your child’s birthday is coming up. Because our child is not like your other kids or anybody else you know, gift shopping will be challenging. Your child may not sit up, walk and/ or play as a normal child. They may need assistance to play. The activities that they can participate in may be limited.

Your child may have difficulty playing without assistance. However, she can hold onto a toy for short periods of time. Perhaps, she never learned to sit independently. Using her hands and arms is inconsistent and often needs help. Unlike other children including her siblings, unfortunately he/she cannot walk to a toy bin, pick a toy and play with it on her own. Therefore, you probably are puzzled of what type of gift to get your son or daughter. You may need some gift ideas for your special needs child.

Gift ideas for Your Special Needs Child

If your child has difficulties and needs assistance in playing, what do you purchase for him or her? Here are some gift ideas:

1.Books

Of course, most children like being read to. You just need figure out what type of books and subject matter she or he likes. Perhaps your child likes books about animals or pets. Other subject matters may interest you is sports, holidays, Disney or Avengers. Additionally, your son or daughter probably likes specific authors and book series. For instance, Pete the Cat by James Dean, The Family book by Todd Parr, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish. Furthermore, he or she may like chapter books read to them. Audiobooks at home or in the car would be another way to stimulate your special one.

2. Light Up Toys

Toys that light up is often fascinating to kids. They like toys that show different colors and/ or shapes. Moreover, many light up toys will have a variety of movements including spinning. These toys can motivate your child to work on reaching, grasping, dexerity and fine motor skills.

3. Musical Toys

Musical toys are enjoyable and encouraging for a special needs child to practice developmental skills (i.e head control, sitting, and standing). When activating the musical toy, your child will become excited and be encouraged to practice developmental skills and improve their fine motor skills.

4. Musical Instruments

Integrating musical instruments in your daily routine or during therapy can prompt your child to improve his or her abilities. They can hold onto a musical instrument such as a maraca, hand drum and hand bells. While musical instruments are being used, many skills can be practiced. For instance, you can work on sitting while playing a Melissa & Doug Piano.

5. Push Toys

Push toys such as the one in the picture above are beneficial for your special one. If the push toy lights up and makes noise, it can stimulate your child to reach and activate the toy. A push toys can be utilized during sitting and standing positions.

5. Toys to Hold

Your son or daughter can play with numerous of toys can which they can hold, move or shake. Holding toys may be one of the few activities your special one can do independently. Items that may be fun to play with are hand Held Dance Ribbons, maracas, bells and hand held light up toys (i.e. wands), spinning toys).


6. Magnets/ Magnetic Toys/ Games

Another gift idea for your special one is magnets including magnetic shapes, letters and animals. Bellz!, a magnetic game that consists of a wand and different colored and sized bells. may be favored by your loved one. Lastly, magnetic gears can be enjoyable and a great gift.

7. Blankets

Cozy and soft blankets are a wonderful item your special one would like. Blankets can be personalized at http://www.personalization mall.com by including their names. If your loved one likes a certain animal like horses, Disney or a specific character, sports, or flowers, there is a variety of blankets to choose from. Blankets can be a great choice for a gift.

6. Pillows

Just like blankets, pillows can be a great gift for your child. You can purchase a large body pillow for their bed or just relaxing on the couch or floor. Moreover, decorative pillows that have characters on them such as Frozen can be purchased. Lastly, pillows are available in different sizes, shapes, letters and of an object such as candy.

7. Blocks

In addition to knocking large colorful blocks over are fun to fun, this activity is easy for special needs child to do. Your child will love destroying towers of blocks over and over.

8. Bowling pins

Another good gift for your special one is bowling pins. Playing bowling or knocking over bowling pins using with your hands is entertaining for both girls and boys. This cause and effect activity, bowling is exciting for children to play. Additionally, this effortless activity Can be done on a table, tray or a bench.

9. Figurines

Figurines of characters, animals, action figures are pleasurable items for your special one to play with. Ways special kids can play with figurines is holding and letting go of them or knocking them over on a tower of blocks.

10. Mirrors

Most kids love looking at themselves in the mirror. Therefore, mirrors can be a spectacular motivator for him or her to enhance their skills such as head control, sitting and standing. Moreover, mirrors come in books, blocks and handheld toys.

11. Squishy balls

Another good gift for your special one is squishy toys. If your child needs a sensory output or something unique to hold, a toy that is squishy, soft and has a different texture would be a good.

12. Switch toys

Last but not least, switch toys are an extraordinary choice fir a girl or boy with special needs. Switch buttons can be attached to a variety of toys such as a talking or noise making or a toy with gears or a bubble machine. A child who struggles with dexterity and fine motor skills, switch toys are perfectly adapted for him or her.


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