Dec 20, 2023 | Neurodiversity

Holiday Gift Guide for Neurodiverse Children

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Christmas is fast approaching, but there is still some time left if you’re still hunting for the perfect gift for the neurodiverse kids in your life! Plus, you might be able to find some good deals on Boxing Day if you missed grabbing something. Last week, we offered some gift ideas for neurodiverse adults and this week we want to focus on the little ones! So, let’s get started on our holiday gift guide for neurodiverse children. 

  • Loop earplugs 

Engage Kids make great gifts for kids. Available in several colour options, these earplugs are designed with kids in mind. Help improve focus at school and keep them engaged during playtime and everything in between. Loop earplugs are comfortable and discreet, allowing your child to focus on what’s important — being a kid! Listen, we love these! Best of all, they are available for little ears as well as adult sizes (we told you; they are perfect for the whole family).  

We also have a discount code, so feel free to save some money on your purchase. 

  • Kinetic Sand 

Most sensory-seeking kids love playing with Kinetic Sand. It allows for hours of play and is easy to clean up. Kinetic sand is also available in a variety of colours, styles, and sets, making it easy to find something your kiddo will love and enjoy. However, it is not designed to be mixed with water.  

  • Deep Sea Hydrosand 

Deep Sea Hydrosand by ThinkBox provides both kinetic sand and water play. You get the best of both worlds! Mix the sand with water, and your child can enjoy playing. When they are finished, you simply squeeze out the water and allow the sand to dry for the next playtime. 

  • Sensory bins and sensory tables 

Sensory play is important for all children, especially for neurodiverse kids. Activities that engage touch, sight, and smell is ideal for supporting brain development. Sensory entertainment helps with fine motor skills, increases memory, encourages creative and independent play, and can help with emotional regulation.  

Sensory bins can be plastic containers, varying in size, that can be placed on a table or floor. A sensory table is a stand-alone item, with a variety of options to engage with. From DIY to premade kits, sensory bins and sensory tables are a great gift, no matter the time of year. 

  • Wiggle Seat 

The Wiggle Seat is popular amongst neurodiverse kids. The versatile Wiggle Seat can be used in myriad different ways. Kids can stand, jump, and sit, and aids children who walk on their tiptoes. Wiggle seats are great as they allow for just enough movement while seated, which can help keep children focused without distracting others. 

  • Motion Timers 

While timers for adults (and kids) can be beneficial for staying on task, they can also serve another purpose for neurodivergent individuals. Motion timers with liquid and movement are a great option for kids who need a distraction or for emotional regulation.  

For example, these timers could be taken on the school bus to help pass the time until getting to school by watching the drops fall, the sparkles settle, or the circles roll. They are small enough to keep in a backpack and are a helpful tool to have handy. 

  • Flash cards 

Learning is much easier when it’s fun and interactive. These flash cards are a great device to help encourage speech and vocabulary. Its simple design helps reduce screen time and is easy to use with just a few buttons. Whether your child uses it independently, with a caregiver or teacher, these flash cards are a great gift idea. 

This is not an exclusive list that encompasses the needs of every neurodivergent child. Their needs and wants, just like with every individual, will vary. However, we do hope these have given insight into what might work so you can have some fun with your kiddo testing them out. 

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