2018 Mom Approved Gift Ideas For Special Kids
Like many parents of a child or teen with additional needs, I find it challenging to think of new gift ideas each Christmas. My son BJ lives with cerebral palsy and although his fine motor skills have improved as he’s got older, he still has difficulty accessing many games. I’m always striving to find activities which will continue to improve his fine, and gross motor skills. The right choice of games motivates him to work harder on these goals.
Every year I spend hours searching for new ideas and as I’m looking for gifts which may be good for my son, I can’t help but take note of games and toys which may be good for others.
Here’s a few I’ve found this year.
This fun game is a larger and easier version of the popular Kerplunk game. With thicker sticks and colorful balls, this is sure to encourage interaction with others while encouraging fine motor skills and color matching.
All About Me Keepsake Book
For children who are non-verbal or have limited communication skills, it can be difficult to share their lives with friends, family and teachers. This All About Me book allows you to add photos and anecdotes about a child or teen to assist them in communicating with others. There’s even space at the back of the book to store some treasures, allowing more opportunities for interaction and inclusion.
Book and Animal Sound Tablet
A book with a sound tablet allows children to interact with the story. The sound tablet can be held by your child or secured to a wheelchair tray, allowing them to press the corresponding sound as you read the book. This encourages matching, isolating a finger and participation.
Smartrod Magnetic Discovery
Building can be tricky when you don’t have good fine motor skills, but magnetic building tools can make it easier. This set is going to be popular with transport lovers as they work towards constructing vehicles and the ramps to run their vehicles on.
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