Gifts for Children with Developmental Delays

Gifts for Children with Developmental Delays

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We have so many wonderful gifts on our guide for children of all ages and stages. But as a mom who has had children with developmental delays and medical challenges, I know what it’s like to look at an age-specific gift guide and get a little discouraged. So today I am sharing toys on our gift guides that would be great for children in physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Toys that are fun but also purposeful for children working on gross and fine motor skills, speech, sensory sensitivities, and more. 

Note: we also have a post dedicated to gifts that are wonderful to give to children with disabilities, written by a longtime reader and speech pathologist. This post is filled with gift ideas designed to accommodate differences, but most importantly to celebrate the alikeness of children in the fun they want to have! 

Speech & Feeding Toys

Whether it is a speech or feeding delay, these toys will encourage oral-motor strength and skills. 

Bear Bottle Kit
The best starter cup! A cute stocking stuffer idea!
Plush What's Inside Sensory Toy
The animals squeak and make sounds! Also great for hand-eye coordination as you practice words.
Building Language Lotto Matching Game
Matching game to help learn everyday words!
Fruit & Vegetables Cut-Ups
Introduce them to new foods at playtime! They love the plastic ones!
All About Me Book
Helps children have a visual reminder of family and friends to practice names.
Drop-Resistant iPad Case
An iPad with an app like Proloquo2go to help with communication. Or speech therapy games.
Z-Vibe Vibrating Oral Motor Tool
Helps improve a variety of speech, feeding, and sensory skills.
Z-Vibe Animal Tip
There are so many fun attachments use with the Z-Vibe for added fun!

 

 

Fine Motor Toys

These toys are great gifts for children in occupational therapy.

Flower Garden Building Set
The cutest set for hours of creative and fine motor play.
My First Pop Beads
These interlocking beads can be used in so many fun ways.
Super Sorter Pie
A great fine motor sorter for toddlers and up!
Daisy Shape Sorter 
Such a unique toy that encourages hours of fun!
Magnatiles
Encourages fine motor skills and helps teach shapes and colors.
Busy Board
Great for hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and much more.
Learn to Count Toy
Also a great introduction to counting and math skills.
Lego Duplo Brick Se
The perfect Lego set to help build fine motor skills.

 

Gross Motor Toys

Wonderful toys for children that are in physical therapy and are working on core strength, balance and gross motor skills.

Rody Toy
Targets core strength and balance in such a fun way!
Mini Trampoline
Mini trampolines are great for improving balance and strength!
Bilibo
Great for balance, coordination and core strength.
Gong Hill Tops
Can be used indoors or out. Encourages balance and coordination.

 

Great Toys for Babies in Any Therapy

If you’ve ever had a baby whose needed therapy you know how hard it can be to distract them to do their stretches or exercises. These toys work wonders for entertaining babies when it’s time to do their therapy “homework!”

Ocean Baby Tummy Time Toy
Great for babies with gross motor delays or torticollis.
Hape Beaded Raindrops
Babies are mesmerized by this toy (so you can get them to stretch, etc.)!
Pop-Up Pals Color Sorter
Pop-up toys are so much fun for babies!
Original Dimpl
A wonderful all-around toy that encourages fine motor skills, sensory exploration, and more!

 

Sensory Friendly Toys

Great sensory friendly toys that encourage creativity and fun across all ages and stages. 

Squigz Bath Toys
These fun, colorful toys suction onto one another and surfaces for bathtime (or anytime) fun.
Construction Sensory Bin
Sensory kits are great gifts. Buy online, pick up in store!
Water Beads
These water beads double as a calming toy, too.
Kinetic Sand
Kinetic sand stimulates children's senses and inspires creativity!

 

Reading Development

Gifts and games that might be perfect under the tree!

Reading Guide Highlighter Strips
Highlights each line in book.
Primary Phonics Set
Great first reader set. Also Bob books are great!
The Original Montessori Reading Blocks
Reading blocks help practice first vowels and words.
Bananagrams
Great kids spelling game.

 

Soothing and Comfort Gifts

These soothing gifts are perfect for their room or to take on the go.

Weighted Blanket
A child-sized weighted blanket that helps them feel calm and relaxed.
Weighted Pillow
An adorable weighted pillow for extra comfort.
Star Machine
Perfect for children who are scared to go to sleep.
Glow-in-the-Dark Fidget Spinner
A great bedtime toy to help focus and relax their sweet little minds.

 

Stocking Stuffers

The Pencil Grip
Great pencil grips!
SCENTsory Scented Putty
For children developing hand strength for writing skills.
Rainbow Fidget Ball
For sensory seeking children.
Fine Motor Tool Set Toy
Perfect for sensory bin. For children developing hand strength for writing skills.
Rhyming Pocket Flash Cards
Rhyming card game.
Pop Tubes Sensory Toys
Sensory tubes great for fine motor!
Water Wow! Reusable Water-Reveal Activity Pads
Water wow for no-mess play.
Simpl Dimpl
More fidget fun.

 

Be sure to browse our full Holiday Gift Guide with gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Lee
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