Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids with Special Needs (part 3 of 5)

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By Diesje Hiltemann

We’re excited to give you part 3 of our Holiday Gift Guide, which includes gifts to help children with Sensory Integration Difficulties as well as their parents. Here at Canoe Therapy, we love finding creative ways to get your child engaged as well the rest of the family!

Not only do the kids need gifts at this time of year, but mom’s and dad’s too – especially those who have recently received the diagnosis for their child(ren)! While there is plenty we can do at Canoe Therapy including speech therapy, behavioural therapy and more. So many of the skills we work on can be easily integrated into home life. The best way to do this is to educate you as the parent so you can better understand and work with your child.

Here are two fantastic books for parents. The first is one to help identify where your child may fit and see that there are many areas where they could fit in the spectrum of sensory integration dysfunction! Both these books are available at Chapters as well as Amazon.ca in paperback ($12.64) and for the kindle ($13.99).

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz

 TUntitledhe Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder,  a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system  misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional  information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders.

The Out-of-sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Untitled1A collection of more than 100 fun, easy activities designed to be used under adult supervision to help children develop and strengthen their sensory-motor skills. Grouped into: general issues, touch, balance and movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell and taste, oral-motor skills, motor planning, motor skills, and bilateral coordination.

And now for the children… here are some amazing toys that can be used in the home to assist with generalizing skills learnt in their therapy sessions to the home environment. The items mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog are also amazing to assist with the sensory needs that our children have and would also be fantastic to have in the home.

Therapy / Exercise Ball

This can be used in the home as a ball to sit on while watching TV, playing games or sitting at the dining table; in order to keep your child focused on the task at hand while still allowing for movement Therapy Exercise Balland core activation. Furthermore it can be used while jumping on the trampoline or just standing on the floor for a game of catch. It is versatile and oh so helpful in calming the over-aroused child or waking up the under-aroused child.

Hope you enjoy these! At Canoe Therapy we are always looking for ways to assist our patients and their families in whatever way possible. These fantastic gifts allow our your child and family to take the skills they learn in therapy home with them. Check back soon for our next gift suggestions!