Monday, December 16, 2013
Holiday Gifts and Tips
By Kate LeFebvre, OTR/L
A Community in Motion
Looking for a few last-minute gift ideas for your child with special needs? Here are a few of my picks for therapeutic toys your child will be happy to see under the Christmas tree!
For fine motor skills:
- Pictionary Jr. – mix it up by replacing pencil and paper with Play-Doh
- Bed Bugs
- Wikki Stix
For visual processing skills:
For executive functioning skills (planning, organization, and sequencing):
- Lego sets
- Craft kits
- Guess Who
- Children’s cookbook
For gross motor skills:
For calming sensory input:
- Lycra cape – to pull around his or her shoulders
- Liquid motion toy
- Play tent – place floor pillows inside to create a safe, protected place for your child to retreat to when overwhelmed
- Weighted stuffed animal
Photo Credit: http://www.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/parenting/2008/12/23/santa240x272.JPG
Also, be sure to check out Ten Tips for Surviving Christmas with ADHD. This is one of the most practical, specific “surviving the holidays with special needs” guides I have seen. Most of the information is relevant for children with a variety of other diagnoses (especially autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing issues) and can be adapted for whatever holiday or special event your family has planned.
And perhaps consider skipping that visit to Santa...
Wishing you an enjoyable, calm holiday season!
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Edited and posted by Noah Morse
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