Gifts for Developmentally Disabled Kids

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Gifts for Developmentally Disabled Kids
Children with developmental disabilities have specific interests. (child image by Vaida from

Millions of gift ideas for children are suggested on the television, Internet and in magazines; however, finding the right gift for a child with developmental delays can be a difficult task.

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Cognitive Delays

Children with cognitive delays relate to their environment differently than other children of the same chronological age. When choosing a gift, determine the age level at which the child is functioning and find a gift rated for that age range.

Autism Disorders

Children with autism disorders usually have a strong fondness for toys with a specific theme, such as trains, planets or dinosaurs. Purchasing a toy the child is interested in will encourage her to play with it. Children with autism disorders have delayed social skills, making it difficult for them to engage in activities such as board games. Choose gifts that the child can play with independently.

Motor Delays

Children receiving therapies for developmental disabilities are often focusing on improving a particular gross or fine motor skill. Gross motor activities include running, jumping and ball skill development. Fine motor skills include writing, tying, dressing skills and the manipulation of small objects. Choose a toy that will improve the child's ability and help her progress toward her functional goals.

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