Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Special Needs

For parents and family of children with multi-needs or special needs, gift buying is always so difficult. This is the moment we really want to shower them with something awesome consequently though, it can be difficult to purchase things that speak to their abilities and their ideas of fun. Until Now. I have a list of items that I think you will love and add to your list for Christmas.



EXPERIENCES

This has gained a lot of traction in the the past couple of years. Families are finding that their children enjoy experiences more than gifts and it has been a practice families are transitioning into much more. For special needs children, depending on their abilities, this is the best option for them. Places like waterparks, movie theaters, concerts etc., may be a great options



AUDITORY

Sensory On The Go Bag - This bag is equipped with hearing safe headphones and a couple toys to keep your kiddo occupied. This is great to keep with you on the go.


Mystery Sensory Balls - These are identical mirrored balls that make different sounds. When the balls are in motion, rather shaken or rolled they exude different sounds. They are lightweight and easy to hold (made of stainless steel, easy cleaning!).


Musical Instrument Toys - These are all over the web and in local toy stores. There are so many to choose from and they are all about your personal preference.


Sound Spa Sound Machine - For some kiddos, hearing the sounds of white noise or calming sounds, relax them when they are full of anxiety or overly stimulated. Purchase one of these to keep in their room.



Giant Piano - This is one of my favorites and we pull it out all the time. The giant piano will give you all of the nostalgic feels from the movie “The Big.” These Pianos are easy to store (as the fold away ) and are fun for the child that enjoys being on the floor or tunny time. These are available on the web and in stores.


Therapy Bears/Heated Stuffed Animals - These are stuffed animals that exude heat or coolness. You simply microwave or throw it the freezer. These bears are great comfort mechanisms. You can also add essential oils to add more comfort and stimulate senses.


VISUAL

Mirrors - Mirrors can be a a lot of fun for children with various disabilities (and babies too). There is something magical and fun about seeing their reflection.