Last-minute toy ideas for kids who have disabilities

GiftChristmas is this Sunday already? Hanukah starts Sunday, too?


If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea for a special gift for a special kid, don’t despair. Once again this year, Toys “R” Us has published its free toy-selection guide for parents and friends of children with disabilities. The Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids features items that promote the development of specific skills, such as auditory, language, visual, tactile, fine motor, thinking, self-esteem and social skills.

Toys in this guide are not categorized by disability nor by age. Instead, symbols are assigned to each toy based on different skills — this way gift-givers can choose toys that build or reinforce a variety of skill sets.

Our son Gus is a young adult now and living with three other guys in a group home in Wisconsin. While most of the gifts in the Differently-Abled Toy Guide are not age appropriate, we were still able to find a perfect gift in the catalog for him this year.

Gus misses hearing our voices sometimes, so we got him a recordable Christmas book. The recordable book allows my husband and me to read and record a Christmas poem out loud to him. This way when Gus turns a page, he’ll hear us reading. Now all Mike and I have to do is sit down and make the recording…happy holidays!


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  1. Beth Finke Says:

    Thank you for reaching out to us, Linda. I will forward your phone number on to Easter Seals Information and Referral Services. They will get back to you soon with information about Easterseals affiliates that may be able to help.

  2. Linda Says:

    Is there any way you could send me the GPS belt for my grandson?he is 10 years old with would really take off stress off of our family.

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