Holiday Gifts & Tips For Special Needs Children
The holiday season is officially upon us. The holidays are about spending time with family and loved ones, spreading love and joy, and soaking up quality time together. One of the best feelings is for a parent, family member, or a dear friend to see the joy on their loved ones’ face when opening a gift. However, finding a present for a child with special needs can be challenging. Not only do you want to give them something that they’ll find fun and exciting, but every child is different in their level of ability, and it must be age appropriate. We’ve put together some of the top gift ideas and tips below for you to consider when looking for a present for your child or loved one this holiday season. Things to Consider:This list is just a starting point. For an extensive look at gift options, please view the below resources: https://www.performancehealth.com/articles/22-gift-ideas-for-kids-with-special-needs https://www.parentingspecialneeds.org/article/18-mom-approved-gifts-kids-special-needs/
- The child’s interest – What are their likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc.?
- The child’s ability and special needs – If a child has a vision impairment, consider a toy with music or different textures. On the contrary, if a child has a hearing impairment, consider a toy with lights and colors. Consider the child’s developmental age, in addition to their chronological age.
- If you’re not the parent, talking to the parent first – They know their child the best and can help point you in the right direction.
- Sound Puzzles
- Pop Up Toys
- Chubby Markers
- Playon Crayons and Adaptive Art Tools
- Play Doh and Putty
- Tactile Sensory Balls
- Weighted blanket
- Mini Trampoline