I've come across so many great gift guides this year, you should be able to find something fun (and therapeutic!) for all of the children on your list.
Gift Guides by Occupational Therapists:Dana Elliot is a pediatric occupational therapist who blogs at Embrace Your Chaos and she has got you covered this holiday season:
- A few of my favorite things includes tong games, lacing and stringing toys, building sets, gross motor toys, and craft sets.
- Toys and games to build visual perceptual skills explains what visual perceptual skills are AND gives toy suggestions to work on developing visual perceptual skills.
- Toys and games to build auditory processing skills provides a list of toys and games to develop, you guessed it, auditory processing skills.
- In addition to these great lists, Dana has also created lists on Amazon of fine motor games, gross motor games, and fine motor/visual motor toys. I told you, she has got you covered.
- Dana has even put together a list of gift suggestions for the teachers (or therapists) in your child's life! I told you - she has got you covered!
For more great suggestions from an occupational therapist, check out Mama OT's holiday gift guides:
10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies
10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Toddlers
10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
Pediatric OT Miss Mancy has created kits for children with autism. Check out the Fun Time Kit for fun fine motor activities, the Predictability is Key Kit for a customizable visual schedule, and the Quiet Time Kit for calming tools. Miss Mancy also gives you the option of creating your very own Holiday Kit, customized to meet your child's needs. Also be sure to check out the rest of Miss Mancy's shop for creative and fun activities to promote fine motor and handwriting skills. Many of the items are handmade by Miss Mancy herself!
Looking for some technological gifts? Glenda, of Glenda's Assistive Technology Information and More, has put together a comprehensive list of toy ideas and resources for children with disabilities.
Gift Guides by Pediatric Physical Therapists:Stacy is a pediatric physical therapist who blogs at Starfish Therapies. She frequently blogs about toys she uses during therapy and in Toys, Toys, Toys and More Gift Ideas for the Holidays, she shares some toys she and her colleagues use in therapy.
Tana Jimenez, PT, has put together several toy lists, including ride-on toys.
Natalie, a pediatric physical therapist, of Beyond Basic Play has also recommended some toys that she uses in therapy, including this trike.
Gift Guide by a Speech Language Pathologist:For language learning toys, check out Mindi's Holiday Gift Guide for infants to teens at Simply Stavish. I love that some of her suggestions (like Mr. Potato Head, LEGOs, and Snap Circuits) overlap with my own, which means you can get motor skill development and language skill development out of those toys!
Parent Recommendations:As always, Ellen at Love That Max has put together a fantastic holiday gift guide for children with special needs. This guide is full of toy recommendations from parents of children with special needs, and it is divided into useful categories like toys that help with speech and communication, toys that help with gross motor skills, toys that help with fine motor skills, and many more.
No Times for Flashcards has a holiday gift guide with suggestions based on how much her own children like to play with the toys on the list. Looking for books for the children in your life? No Time for Flashcards has a guide for books, too!
Do you have any holiday gift guides to add to this list? Please share in the comments below!
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