Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let's Go Shopping: SLP and OT recommended gifts for kids

The holiday shopping season is upon us. I know parents, grandparents and friends are always looking for gifts that kids will love that will also be useful and educational. I've come across some great gift buying guides to share with you. These lists were written by therapists (who are also moms) and should serve as excellent resources for anyone buying presents for children with special needs. Share these lists with relatives and friends!

Katie, from Playing With Words 365, shared 25+ Gifts to Expand Your Child's Speech Development (Birth to 5). Not only does she give great recommendations on toys and other gifts (organized by age), she provides suggestions on how to interact with your child while playing with the toys. She also has a list of 15+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas to Expand Speech and Language Development.

Do you have a child with sensory needs? Christie, at Mama OT, put together The Ultimate List of Gifts for Sensory Seekers. The list is broken down by types of sensory input including: vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, auditory, visual and olfactory. Again she includes descriptions and uses for many of the gift suggestions.

Another great site to check out when looking for gifts is Play on Words. Sherry Artemenko is an SLP who recognizes books, games and toys with PAL (Play Advances Language) awards. Check out the 2014 PAL winners in each of the three categories or look back through past winners. Search through categories by age, price or product name. Any PAL award winner would make a wonderful gift.

Sarah's daughter has been watching too much HGTV and is asking for a room remodel for Christmas.

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