Whether your child has been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum or with any other disability that impairs their learning and life skills, it is important to teach children skills at an early age. Early Intervention is the key to raising a child with special needs.
Regardless of a child’s ability level, practicing life skills now can best prepare them to be successful currently as well as moving forward throughout their life. Basic self-help skills, such as dressing, socializing, eating, and grooming are an essential part of daily life along with fine motor and gross motor skills. These skills should be taught at a young age so that children can continue to develop them through the years as they grow.
Fine motor skills allow children to perform actions using small muscles in the hands (like writing, tying shoelaces, holding and manipulating eating utensils), while strengthening hand-eye coordination and isolated finger movements. Fine and gross motor development involve using both small and large muscles.
The following is an abbreviated list of items that not only will help children address their difficulties but will strengthen their weaknesses in order to master a specific skill.
Please note: the age-appropriateness for each toy is determined by the manufacturer. I've stated my suggested age range for reference here, but you should always default to the manufacturer's instructions.
Special Needs Toys: www.specialneedstoys.com
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They have a one-year guarantee on everything and ship all over the world. Their toys range from mobile multi-sensory to swings to trampolines and other sensory-integration kits as well as small sensory toys.
Therapy Shoppe: https://therapyshoppe.com
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A great resource for all types of learning tools. They have been in business for 24 years and they carry a wide array of items that include sensory integration products, educational toys, special needs for learning and much much more.
Learning Resources: https://www.learningresources.com
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A global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products. The company has 1100+ products that are sold in more than 80 countries. These products serve children and their families ages preschool through middle school. Currently, Learning Resources has 25% off with free shipping on $50 or more with code Hop2It. They also have some great items on sale as well.
Children with Special Needs have a wide range of skills and abilities, no two children are exactly alike. These listed items along with many others on the sites assist with the social interaction and communication skills, sensory processing problems, etc. that children are struggling with.
Kids have different learning styles and abilities, so it’s important to support their individual needs.
The products you choose should help your child to learn at their own pace along with giving them the guidance to reach their fullest potential.
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