We’ve been having a great conversation over at our Facebook page about gift ideas for kids with CVI. We know how tough it can be to find good gifts, but this year we’ve gotten some excellent ideas from all of you! So, after much consideration, here is the final list of what we decided on for our little bear. Come visit our page to see the other ideas we considered and to share your own!
1. Doodle Dome:
We’re very excited about this one as a great way to create an instant dark room for Lukas! He loves being in the dark room at school, so we know he’ll enjoy looking at his iPad and lots of different light up toys in here too! Thanks, Crystal, for the suggestion!
2. Musical Twister:
Lukas has always loved toys that are switch adapted and Enabling Devices makes many of his favorites! This one looked like it could offer some excellent visual stimulation as well due to the movement and sparkly quality of the glitter. Can’t wait to see him try it out!
3. Tickle Tube:
Grandma thought her little bear needed another toy he could occupy himself with when Mom and Dad are busy with his new little sister. This looks like a great option for both visual stimulation with the light and tactile interest!
At school, Lukas is working on making choices visually. He loves songs and this box seemed like the perfect way to have a visual representation of different songs for him to choose from! Each item is pretty visually simple and it wouldn’t be hard to find other simple items to add to it to represent more songs. We also loved that this one was a relatively inexpensive gift for Lukas!
Finally, even though this isn’t directly related to CVI, we are very excited about this item for Little Bear! Many children with CVI also have cerebral palsy and many of these children are in wheelchairs. Lukas gets cold easily and we often have a hard time keeping a blanket on him or getting him into a coat. This is the perfect solution to our problem! They are essentially wearable blankets which go over the head. This makes them easy to put on and keep on.
These ponchos are made by another mom of a child with special needs trying to solve this same problem for her daughter. She really works hard to make sure you get exactly what you need in a fabric you and your child will love! We definitely recommend checking out her site!