It can be intimidating to find gifts special needs girls will love. If you have a tween or teenage girl who is developmentally disabled, you might feel like she isn’t ready for many of the items that are popular with her age group. At the same time, you don’t want to give her something that is too babyish. What to do?
I am the mother of two teenage daughters who have developmental disabilities. Abby is blind and autistic. She is classified as having mild to moderate mental disability. Our Fanny has severe intellectual disability as the result of a brain injury at age three. I want to share with you some gifts that they have loved, as well as some of the items on their wish list this year.
You can feel confident in these gifts special needs girls will love!
Bean Bag Chair
One of the gifts special needs girls will love!
My girls love bean bag chairs. We don’t currently have one in our house, so this is under consideration for this Christmas (both girls’ birthdays have already passed this year).
This chair is a great choice for a girl who enjoys deep pressure, or just likes to cuddle. It can be a wonderful addition to your teen’s sensory diet.
I chose this one because it comes in various sizes from four to eight feet long, so you can customize it to your space and needs. The six and eight foot sizes are big enough to sleep on!
It also comes in six different color choices to match your decor.
The cover of this chair is removeable so you can wash it, but if you need a waterproof cover (believe me, I get it) you might consider the Marine Beanbag
from E-SeaRider. It is made for boats, so you know it is waterproof. There are several designs and colors to suit your needs.
Whicheven beanbag you choose, I believe your teenage girl is going to love it!
A Cute Nightgown
Gifts for special needs teen girls!
If you need a cute gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money, check this out!
Fanny has a few nightgowns in this style, and we really like them. They have fun prints and are very comfortable. This one has a frog print, but there are gowns with rabbits, pandas, kitties and ducks. All so cute!
The best thing about these nighties is that they are low cost, like well under $10! So, if you need a gift for a birthday party or gift exchange, you can get something cute that is different from everyone else’s present.
These nightgowns are great for hot weather. The fabric is loose and thin, so nice to wear in the summertime.
Fanny and Abby both struggle with fasteners, but with this style of nightgown we don’t have to worry. They can be independent, because there are no buttons. It just pulls over the head.
These nightgowns are one size fits all, but in reality they probably fit a petite girl better than a larger one. If your teen is taller, she could probably wear this as a sleep top with a pair of shorts or pajama pants.
Try this adorable nighty and see what you think! At this price you can’t really go wrong.
Coloring Books & Pens
Another gift girls with special needs will enjoy!
My daughter, Fanny, loves to color. If your girl likes to color and be creative, consider a nice coloring book (or several) and a package of nice pens.
I like to get the large print coloring books, because the pictures are simple and easier to fill in than the intricate designs of many adult coloring books. Not as frustrating and overwhelming! But, the themes are appropriate for adults. These are not babyish images
Simple Large Print Magic Garden Adult Coloring Book: Flowers, Birds, Butterflies (Beautiful Adult Coloring Books) (Volume 69)Easy Adult Coloring Book: Large Print Designs (Beautiful Adult Coloring Books) (Volume 98)Easy Large Print Color By Number Coloring Book For Adults, Seniors and Children (Beautiful Simple Color By Numbers Coloring Book) (Volume 2)
Another one of the gifts special needs girls will LOVE!!!
My girls love to swing! If Abby is having a stressful day, she will ask to go to the park where she can swing. Fanny loves to tag along, and swinging is her favorite activity at the playground.
We don’t currently have a swing at home, but we are making plans for putting a few swings around the property for the kids. It’s a great calming activity!
This is one we are considering. It can be installed indoors or outside. We have plaster ceilings, so we probably won’t hang it from a joist, but there are stands available that would make it workable for the girls’ bedrooms. Another option is to hang it in the basement. I would love for them to have a rumpus room down there, especially after our little boy gets home!
If she likes music, she will love this gift!
Our daughter, Abby, loves her speakers. She’s an iPad fanatic, but these will work with a phone, laptop or any mobile device. It also has a built-in FM radio.
Fanny does not have the cognitive ability or impulse control to be able to handle electronic devices at this time. We have to keep such things out of her reach, but I am always looking for things she can enjoy from afar.
Here is a bluetooth speaker that we could put on a shelf near her ceiling, where she couldn’t pull it down, but she could still enjoy the sound and the light show. Fanny has epilepsy, so we have to be careful with visual displays. However, the lights on this device change slowly. There is a video on the page that you can take a look at and see how gently the colors change on this speaker.
You can also just set it to any color you like and it will stay there. Fanny’s favorite is pink, but the blue might make a nice night light as well.
This device has a timer, so you can set it to shut off at any time up to two hours in the future. Very nice if you use this to fall asleep, but don’t want it to play all night.
This one is going on our Christmas gift list!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2017!!
I hope you found something here to add to your wish list this holiday season! Maybe a gift to put under the Christmas tree or tuck into a stocking!
Do you have any other suggestions for gifts special needs girls will love? If so, please let us know in the comments below!