Autism Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us, and gift giving is a perfect opportunity to reinforce the work we do with Blue Bird Day at home! Our team of developmental therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral therapists have put together our top 5 gift ideas with our clients in mind. These gifts are ideal for children with developmental conditions including Autism, ADHD, down syndrome, and sensory processing disorders.  

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 1. The Spinagain  

Encourages hand-eye coordination, develops cause-and-effect learning, and motor dexterity. The vivid textures inspire tactile exploration, vibrant colors reinforce visual-recognition skills, and your little one can practice counting the discs while stacking and spinning. 

 2. Rock Crayons  

Keep your young artist engaged in functional play while strengthening the tripod grip muscles and improving fine motor coordination.  

 3. Safari Animals  

The perfect on-the-go toy to throw in your diaper or overnight bag. They are small, portable, and a perfect way to keep kids entertained at restaurants, during car rides, or when running errands. 

 4. Cool Sand  

Promotes group and individual play, stimulates creative skills, and prompts tactile sensory play! This moldable sand sticks only to itself, not to you or your clothes and doesn’t dry out when molding, slicing and shaping it, leaving it shapeable for years!  

 6. Building blocks

These sensory blocks offer countless opportunities for functional, relational, and symbolic play!   

The Blue Bird Day team is always here to help. If you’d like more specific gift recommendations based on your child’s preferences don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s therapy team!