Fred Rogers is known to have said, “Play gives children a chance to practice what they’re learning.” Take a moment
to watch your children when they’re
fully engaged in play and you’re sure
to see the wisdom in his words. With
the busyness and bustle of the holiday
season fast approaching, bookwork
sometimes takes a backseat in our
homeschool—but that doesn’t have to
mean education stops. It’s a great time
to make some fun purchases and watch
as laughter turns to learning!
When the Christmas shopping list
includes buying a toy or game for a
child with special needs, there are
some things you’ll want to keep in
mind when shopping for “just the
Ask the Experts: Mom and Dad!
If your blessings include loving a child
with special needs, the best place to
start when choosing a gift is to ask the
child’s parents for guidance. They’re
the experts and can tell you all about
their child’s interests, strengths, and
challenges. All moms love talking
about their children—so if you’re not
sure what will be most appreciated,
Manufacturers’ Age Guidelines
Consider the child’s developmental age, as well as chronological age.
Regardless of manufacturer recommendations, care needs to be taken
to ensure the toy is both within the
child’s abilities and safe. This is especially important for a child who
might put the toy in his mouth and
create a possible choking hazard.
Is It Fun?
A child with special needs is, first
and foremost, a child. While toys and
by Jill Genn
for Special Needs
The best place to start when
choosing a gift is to ask the child’s
parents for guidance.
Special Needs: Sensory Learning