The holiday season is fast approaching so it is time to start your Christmas shopping. If you have a child with special needs in your life, choosing a gift is difficult. Here are six tips to make choosing that gift for a child with special needs easier.
- If you are buying for children of a friend or relative, ask the parents if their children want a specific toy. Also ask whether there are particular activities they want their child to work on? For example, if a child has problems with her fine motor skills, look for toys that require kids to use their hands.
- If you are unsure of what gift to get, consider a gift card to a popular store or cash.
- In general, you should follow the age recommendations on toys’ labels. However, if a child has a significant disability talk to the parents about what age range they think is best. Parents of children with special needs can ask their children’s doctors or therapists for this type of advice.
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- Kids with special needs or disabilities are like other kids and often want the popular toy for that season. They do not necessarily need a toy made specifically for children with special needs.
- If you are looking for toys made especially for children with special needs, there are stores that specialise in this area. A quick internet search will show you stores near where you live.
- When choosing any toy, keep general toy safety tips in mind. The European Commission publishes standards on toy safety and information is on its website. For a quick overview of toy safety, watch this video:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission also publishes toy safety standards and has safety tips for parents on its website.
For more advice on choosing toys for children with special needs, check the websites listed below.
Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids by Toys R Us