Posted by Dani Gurrie in Blog on Mon, Dec 12, 2016
Children with sensory processing disorders can find it challenging to accurately interpret sensory details, perform motor skill activities in routine, bear stimuli (food, touch or smell), and take part in daily activities.
The holiday period can be quite difficult with frequent stimuli and it can be challenging for parents to choose gifts for sensory seekers. Would they prefer something more active like a trampoline or something quiet that appeals to their oral sensory needs?
To make your holiday gift search for kids with sensory processing disorders a little easier, we’ve created a gift guide featuring presents that can minimize meltdowns.
1. Seamless Clothes
Seamless clothing for children makes gift options for those who can’t bear annoying seams or are simply hypersensitive. This kind of clothing is free of elastic and is usually made from super soft material that comforts children with sensitive skin. Furthermore, the clothes provide gentle compression and the breathable material ensures superior comfort without binding or becoming a source of irritation.
Fidget toys are a great self-regulation tool for kids with special needs. They engage the fingers and provide a calm, soothing effect. Most fidget toys are covered with a soft rubber material that is manufactured for the greatest tactile pleasure. Options like Peeper Frog are great stress-reducers for children with sensory processing disorders.
3. Ball Pits
Several kids adore a ball pit. The balls inside a ball pit come in contact with them frequently, enabling the children to develop more awareness about their movements and bodies. Therefore, the balls in a ball pit are fun for kids to play with, and the gift is suitable for children of all ages. Parents have the option to purchase these balls separately. A plastic sand pit or an inflatable pool can also be used instead of a ball pit. Kids can either lay down or sit in the swimming pool.
4. Doodle Quest
This has become a favorite amongst the kids. Children love to play doodle quest for hours. The game is played by layering out a clear card and each child has to follow instructions without touching the main card but by just looking at it, like circle all animals. When both players complete the task, they put the see-thru card at the top to witness how many points were earned. Not only does the game promote visual development, but is also perfect for developing problem solving and social skills.
Do your children often stick anything they get their hands on in their mouth? Consider a chewable bracelet or necklace. You’ll find options from soft to moderate to extreme chewers, and apart from meeting their chewing needs, they’ll also serve as great fidgets. Chewigems help kids focus on certain things like homeschooling tasks at hand.
6. Visual Timer
This gift will reduce power struggles of children significantly and help them learn time management skills effectively. Parents/relatives will also love the fact that they don’t have to repeat the same thing over and over; the timer is a blessing in disguise. The timer can be used for clean-up time, guitar practice, even iPhone turn-taking. Kids may argue with parents, but can’t win an argument with time.
With these items in your holiday shopping list, you’d put a smile on the little one’s faces while helping them manage their disorder.
About Dani Gurrie
Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.