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Your Gift Guide for Children With Special Needs

1. Elefun

This classic butterfly catching game is fun for people of all ages, and is especially great for kids who suffer from juvenile arthritis or who have issues with motor coordination. The slowly cascading butterflies give everyone plenty of time to catch them in their net.

2. Wireless Headphones

This is a great idea for children who have a hearing impairment, because it enables them to enjoy the same television shows and movies as the rest of the family, without all the annoying wires and cords. It also means that they can choose the volume that suits them too.

3. Pet Rock Painting Kit

Open ended crafts are great for kids who have ADHD, because they give them creative license to play outside the rules. ADHD can make focusing on directions difficult, so anything that gives children the freedom to explore and play around creatively is fantastic.

4. Melissa & Doug Large Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle

This extra thick wooden puzzle has eight gorgeously illustrated pieces, with jumbo wooden knobs for easy grasping. This is fantastic for kids who are working on finger activity and fine motor skills, and the cute array of farmyard favourites will intrigue and entertain them too.

5. Arctic Duplo Set

Duplo is a classic toy that is beloved by kids all around the world, and is a wonderful gift for kids who have visual impairments or developmental delays. The chunky size of the pieces and bright colours make them easy to handle, and the themed sets encourage imaginative play.

6. Mister Maker Bumper Craft Box

This super fun craft kit will keep the kids entertained for hours. Containing pipe cleaners, foam shapes, googly eyes, sequins and tonnes of other colourful materials, the activities will assist with fine-motor skills, eye-hand coordination and dexterity and attention to detail.

7. SelfieMic

This awesome toy will have the whole family singing like stars, and speech therapists will love it because it will get the kids talking. Featuring a microphone, working earpiece and free app, SelfieMic allows you to talk, sing or lip sync to thousands of your favourite songs and create music videos. It also has an adjustable selfie stick!

8. Headbanz

Headbanz is a hilarious guessing game where players have to try and guess what picture is on their head by asking other people for clues. This one is a good choice for kids who have autism, because it challenges them to think critically, communicate clues and resist the impulse to tell others what their cards are.

9. The New Inchworm

This classic ride-on toy encourages active play and will keep the kids busy for hours. It can help children strengthen their legs, and encourages them to practice balancing in a fun and lighthearted way. The bouncing has a delightful sensory aspect to it as well, and also helps build core strength.

10. Fisher-Price Little People Stand ‘N Play Rampway

The Stand ‘N Play Rampway features a series of mini-vehicles that are perfectly sized for little hands, and will offer hours of engaging play. Great for kids who have gross developmental delays, this set helps with hand/eye coordination, and watching the cars go down the ramp is also good for visual coordination.

11. Zany Zoo

This gorgeous wooden cube features so many beads, knobs and puzzles to play with. It’s not just fun but educational too, as kids can learn the alphabet, shapes, animals and colours. This toy is a therapist’s dream, as it is fantastic for working those fine motor skills.

12. The Social (e)Motion Game

Great for kids with autism, this is a new form of charades that helps to build social awareness and self-expression. Players take turns to act, draw or describe the emotion on the game cards, and there are also options to play the wildcards, with suggestions such as “Say something nice about each player”.

13. Boing Sensory Ball with Lanyard

Boing light balls change colour with a squeeze of the hand, and are perfect as a fidget and self calming toy. With three light modes and seven colours that are operated by squeezing the ball, it’s ideal for children with autism/ASD, ADHD and other sensory disorders.

14. Wheelchair Spoke Guards

These awesome spoke guards come in a range of cool designs and colours, for kids who want to bling up their wheelchair. Monkeys, pirates, leopard print, street art and pretty pink feathers – anything goes. They fit any standard 22 or 24 inch wheel.

15. Plasma Ball

The light inside this nifty plasma ball dances in dance in response to your voice, music or other sounds. It helps develop visual perception skills, visual tracking skills and understanding of cause and effect. It’s a great way to encourage speech and language.

16. Teachable Touchables

A great sensory toy, this set includes 20 squares (10 matching pairs) of different textures. It makes for a great fidget toy, or as a way to develop tactile awareness and matching skills.

17. Micro Voice Changer

This cool toy will get even the quietest kids talking and experimenting with speech sounds. You can use the amazing voice changer to make your voice sound like a grown up, a little child, or even a robot. This will provide endless hours of chatty fun.

18. Express Yourself Puzzle Game

If you’re happy and you know it, find the matching piece! Express Yourself is an expression matching puzzle game for observation, language, mimicry, communication, identification and oral expression. Great for kids with autism/ASD, it can assist with their understanding of emotions.

19. Dinner Winner

Take the stress out of dinner time and make mealtimes fun again, with this cute Dinner Winner dinner plate. Fussy eaters can be encouraged to eat their meals with this unique game style dinner plate. When kids enjoy their meals, everyone wins.

20. Gooey Mesh Ball

This one is an awesome little stocking stuffer. Gooey green bubbles appear through the net when you squeeze it, and at full stretch it appears to look like a handful of marbles. This strange but irresistible fidget toy is one that they’ll never want to put down.

We hope you found this list helpful, and we’re sure that the gifts it contains will bring a smile to the face of that special someone. One last thing to remember: if you are buying for someone else’s child with special needs it’s always a good idea to have a chat with their parent or caregiver first.

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