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October 28, 2015

Holiday gift ideas for kids with special needs

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By Bernie Hershey

As the Holidays approach, the therapists at Schreiber Pediatric are frequently asked, "Do you have any ideas of great gifts for my child?" Well, the answer is "Yes we do!" And here are just a few in specific categories.

There are many toys available to help kids improve their fine motor skills, their ability to perceive size and many other aspects of development.

Toys that can be taken apart and put back together

  • Little Mechanic Car Service -- about $129.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Crazy Creatures Wacky Wigglers -- about $69.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Dino Construction Vehicles -- about $39.95 (YoungExplorers.com)

Toys to help pretend real-life events
  • Animated Talking Dr. Monkey -- about $39.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Pretend and Play Teaching Cash Register -- about $59.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Balancing Burger Game -- about $24.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Puppets

Music and movement toys
  • Electronic Dance Playmat -- about $39.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Giant Piano Mat -- about $49.95 (YoungExplorers.com)

Toys to help balance, sense of movement
  • Beginner Slackline Set -- about $99.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Sit and Spin -- about $32.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Enormous Bumbalo Ball -- about $89.95 (YoungExplorers.com)

Toys to help fine motor skills, arm strength
  • Splash Art -- about $21.95
  • Magna Doodle
  • Retro Lite-Brite Magic Tablet -- about $29.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Crayola Electronic Coloring Tablet -- about $34.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Mental Blox -- about $32.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Bathroom Crayons
  • UFBO: Unidentified Flying Boomerang object -- about $24.95 (YoungExplorers.com)
  • Playdoh and toys

Toys that help with size perception
  • Stacking cups/toys

This is just a start. There are many new toys that would be specific to individual children. Try Amazon or do a search for special needs toys.

Bernie Hershey is an occupational therapist at Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center in Lancaster, Pa. She has been helping kids slide on scooters, balance on balls and climb on ropes for more than 30 years, all in the name of helping improve the quality of their lives.

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