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I am stuck for ideas on what to buy for a 21st birthday present for a disabled girl who is developmentally delayed, physically and intellectually. I don't want to buy anything breakable (especially glass). Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
Kat from Australia
What is her age intellectually? Gear the present to that age. Perhaps stuffed animals would be nice - or a t-shirt or other piece of colorful clothing. What kind of music does she respond to? a CD? A video? a mobile for above the bed? a nice blanket or quilt?
We have a friend who's similar to yours. I'm not sure that Halloween is quite as big a holiday in Australia as it is in the US, but our friend is crazy over Halloween t-shirts, witch hats, decorations, etc. She also loves a game called Pizza Party, which is easy, but doesn't have a childish theme.
Just like everyone else, disabled people have their own individual interests, so your friend may have different tastes. Lipgloss, handbags/purses, and other grown-up feminine items are usually popular, too.
I realize that you've already found the perfect gift for this young lady, but you may want to get something for her another day. Depending on her mental/emotional age she would probably enjoy a colorful 'picture' book. If she's not able to take care of a standard book, buy her a board book like The Rainbow Fish. It has gorgeous pictures of fish and other sea creatures. If she is more advanced, she might enjoy a book about her town that she might recognize specific locations/sites. She will be able to visit her special places any time she wants, just by looking at her picture book. The other 'best' gift idea for these wonderful children is puzzles with pieces that are just the right size for her abilities. My aunt was 'delayed' and these things gave her pleasure time after time.
I have a 24 year old developmentally delayed son. He loves books that read to him. Depending on how disabled they love money to shop and don't just give large bills we give all one dollar bills. Also most the kids seem to love music how about a portable CD player. Good Luck!
My sister in-law is 25 and still she loves the classic Disney movies. Try a gift Basket filled with one movie theme! Also Harry Potter and fantasy movies can open up a whole world of gift basket ideas
How about Gift cards to restaurants, nail salons, zoos, museums, theme parks or other places that the person would enjoy visiting.
I'm sure I am late on this. I too have a mentally & delayed child. Mine is 13 years old & cognitively she is about three. I talked to friends at work as I am a Certified Pediatric Nurse.
What we gave our daughter was MOBIGO a hand held game found in the Children's Toy Dept (not the computer game dept.) We also got the added game Shrek. In this Shrek game was a bowling game in which our daughter has to put her finger on the (touch) screen and slide it down (the screen is showing a rubber band with the bowling ball to be slung like in a sling-shot). Honestly, it is not that complicated. Our daughter cannot play all the games yet, but she loves the praises she get back when she plays it.
Again MOBIGO is a sturdy hand held with a small touch screen and you add games. It also keeps tract of games played if you are a computer person yourself, you go on line & plug in the MOBIGO and collect prizes for them... or not, if you don't want to. I was proud to get something modern as I am in my 50's and she is 13 yrs.
Thank you for these ideas. Perhaps my son would like a digital picture frame where the pictures continue moving when it is turned on. Also, I'm thinking of getting him a "pillow pet" or something like it: a soft pillow with a light in it or that shines on the ceiling when turned on.
You have many great ideas and a very good understanding of disabled children, Good on you!!
I think taking time to be with the young person either at home or a outing to something fun like a concert, play, shopping, a movie, out to eat. Anything that the two of you would enjoy doing together.