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5 Fun Gift Ideas Designed For A Child In Wheelchair

Express your love and respect for a child who keeps going despite the challenges

Special needs children never cease to amaze with their strength, determination and capacity to love. These gifts are a great way for them to have fun and enjoy the most out of their sometimes challenging situation, while also being a great way of symbolizing your admiration and love.

From a planner to empower them to independence, to fun clothing and wheelchair mascots, this is your list to come back to for birthdays and holidays to come!

#1 Kids Car Seat Poncho Gray Arrows Reversible Warm Blanket

Kids Car Seat Poncho Gray Arrows Reversible Warm Blanket
Amazon car seat ponchos would be a great addition to your gift guide. Our car seat ponchos are the perfect and affordable gift of safety and are crash tested, CPSIA compliant, and so much safer than wearing a bulky coat in the car seat or wheelchair – plus they work as a reversible hooded blanket!

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#2 Mickey Mouse – Scentsy Buddy

Mickey Mouse - Scentsy Buddy
The one and only gentleman and Minnie’s best guy, now in Scentsy Buddy form making him the perfect children gift! Pair him with his very own Scent Pak, Your Pal, Mickey, for twice the fun. All Scentsy Buddies feature a zippered pouch to hold your favourite fragrance and come with the Scent Pak of your choice! Every child needs a scentsy mickey mouse buddy

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#3 A Hug for Grandma by Cynthia MacGregor

A Hug for Grandma by Cynthia MacGregor
Jordi’s grandma, who speaks no English, has come to live with them. Jordi hardly knows her, can’t relate to her, and is unwilling to hug her. But when he finds himself home with her during a fierce thunderstorm, they turn to each other for comfort. At last a grateful Jordi reaches out to hug Grandma.

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#4 Better with Books by Melissa Hart

Better with Books by Melissa Hart
Better with Books includes 500 diverse contemporary kids’ fiction and memoir recommendations with the goal of inspiring greater empathy for themselves, their peers, and the world around them. It includes titles like A Whole New Ballgame, about a fifth-grader on the autism spectrum who becomes friends with a girl in a wheelchair; Sharon M. Draper’s Out of My Mind about a brilliant young girl in a wheelchair, and James Patterson’s I Funny with a middle-grade stand-up comedian in a wheelchair.

As young people are diagnosed with anxiety and depression in increasing numbers, or dealing with other issues that can isolate them from family and friends–such as bullying, learning disabilities, racism, or homophobia–characters in books can help them feel less alone. And just as important, reading books that feature a diverse range of real-life topics helps generate openness, empathy, and compassion in all kids.

Reading lists are organized around:

  • Adoption and foster care
  • Body image
  • Immigration
  • Learning Challenges
  • LGBTQIA+ Youth
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Disability
  • Poverty and Homelessness
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion and Spirituality

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#5 Goal Crazy Undated Planner

Goal Crazy Undated Planner
We think this planner will be great for children in a wheelchair because it will help them realize even though they have a disability, they can still have dreams and goals. Also, the planner gives them a guided journal to fill out every day that will help them to reflect on things they are grateful for and best parts of their day. Using a planner like this can help them brighten their attitudes and set goals for themselves.

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Contributors to this article
Joanna Serra from The Birdy Boutique Mamas

Alexandra Watson from Wickfree Candles

Cynthia MacGregor from CynthiaMacGregor

Melissa Hart from MelissaHart

Jason VanDevere from GoalCrazy

Written by James Jackson

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