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The Best Gifts for Children with Special Needs

Updated on October 7, 2015

This is our pretty Lily girl. She is so precious to all of our family and friends. She was born with spina bifida, and as such, she has special needs. She was born with her back boneis a paraplegic (total inability to move both legs and the lower part of the trunk). We are all learning how to take care of her.

You can read more about Lily Ruth on another hub I made some time ago:http://hubpages.com/hub/Living-With-Spina-Bifida



We don't love qualities, we love a person; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as their qualities.

~Jacques Maritain



There are many children throughout the world that have special needs. We can giving them thoughtful gifts for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions that will assist them as they develop to make their life, and that of their caretakers, easier.



When I visited with Lily and her brother and sister, it seemed she loved toys that she could fit inside and be moved around in. Her little brother has a large toy truck, and she enjoys being pushed around in it. So, I think another great gift for her might be a wagon or a toy like a Kid-0 Bilibo.

This toy was designed in Switzerland and has won countless awards for design and play value. It is simple and stimulates a child's imagination. It can be a helmet, sit and spin, doll cradle, train tunnel, shovel, water basin and much more! It is nearly indestructible and suitable for indoors and outdoors and comes in many colors.

Since some children can only use their upper body, it is great to get toys for both hand exercise and game play. There are several good products made by Tangle that are available and have been proven to stimulate young minds and hands. Before you purchase a toy for a child with special needs, ask the parents what there developmental age is as their chronological age is usually higher. Or you can give them money and have them choose a gift they think is appropriate. Some toys that flash or vibrate may affect children with a history of seizures.

For a child with autism, it is great therapy to keep their hands busy.

Here are a couple of sites with toys for special needs:

http://www.therapro.com/default.aspx

http://www.fatbraintoys.com/special_needs/index.cfm

There are other gifts that react to interaction by making sounds, talking or making noises. One is the Electronic Talking Silly 6 Pins by Hasbro, which has been given excellent reviews. I know that Lily loves to pick up her toy phone and listen to it since she sees her mother do it. It would be fun for her if it made sounds or talked.


Lily Ruth 2010
Lily Ruth 2010

When Lily was able to sit up, her parents put her in a blue Bumbo Baby Seat, Blue. She would sit up in this little seat for hours and play with her toys.

Here is a recent picture of Lily looking very happy and proud of herself. I wish I lived closer to be able to help out more. She is growing so big. She really enjoys swinging on the playground set.

We are all anxiously waiting for a custom-made wheelchair ordered for Lily Ruth. She did really well the first time she tried it, as you can see in her video. Of course, wheelchairs are very expensive. The chair should last her for five years. As grandparents, we thought that it would be good to help out with the expense of her needed chair. We love you so much Lily!


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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you think so pmccray. Thanks for taking the time to read and give me some feedback.

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    pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

    These are some terrific suggestions. Voted up, marked useful, awesome, beautiful and shared. This was a wonderful piece.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you Giselle Maine. Each child with special needs is unique with different abilities, so I think that is very important to know. I appreciate your comments.

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    Giselle Maine 6 years ago

    Great hub. Thank you for sharing the cute pics of Lily. What an adorable little girl.

    I liked how you said to ask the parents about what sort of things are good for their special needs child and about their developmental age.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks so much onegoodwoman. Children with special needs seem to draw the best out in us. I appreciate your comments.

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    onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

    This simply touched me......

    as a woman

    as a mother

    as a human

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you Uma07. Toys are just to help occupy busy hands and minds of children. It is even better if they can learn something from them. I appreciate your comments.

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    Uma07 6 years ago

    The hub is not just about toys for kids but very thought provoking one too.I really appreciate your efforts to bring up this article keeping in mind the child's needs and comfort.Thanks for the great hub!

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are welcome KoffeeKlatch Gals. Thanks for your great comments.

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What a great hub. It is so hard for some to buy for a special needs child. You have included a terrific selection of gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate your comments Loriamoore.

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    loriamoore 6 years ago

    very informative

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks dallas93444. I appreciate your comments.

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    Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Great topic. Beautiful done. Great insight...

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Sass99 - I love that video too - it shows her happiness in being able to move herself around the room. I am so excited for her to get her new wheelchair. She will be racing around in no time.

    @heart4thword - You are welcome. Me too - technology is so amazing and lucky Lily can get the help she needs. Aloha.

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    heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

    Sweet, thanks for sharing the videos:) It is so great there are toys, and other technology that can help with the developement...for these lovely kids!

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    Sass99 6 years ago from Worcestershire, UK

    What a lovely hub! I particularly like the video of Lilly trying out her new wheelchair. Thank you for sharing.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks so much cameciob. I appreciate your comments.

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    cameciob 6 years ago

    elayne this is a great hub and a great idea to write about. Lilly looks like a sweet but strong girl. I wish her all the best.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, she is beautiful and with her aunts and uncles and friends, she should do fine. Thanks for commenting.

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    LianaK 6 years ago

    Beautiful Lily!!! Great job on the post. I know that Lily girl will have all that she needs as she grows up with great parents and grandparents.

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    Shirley Pisa 6 years ago

    She is beautiful and it is sad that challenges are already waiting for her on such young age.

    Thanks for this post and take care :)

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    Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    I know that Lily is going to be a truly gifted person,thanks for sharing elayne;)

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you Ingenira. I appreciate your comments.

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    Ingenira 6 years ago

    Great hub ! I have wanted to know what gifts to buy for children with special needs.