By Kristin Stanberry
Finding the right gift for a child with learning problems can be a challenge. It can also be an opportunity to build a child's self-esteem and provide her with hours of fun.
One key to selecting presents is to think about the whole child — her struggles, skills, strengths, and interests. Another key is learning what toys, books, software, and other gift items are available.
How can you match the gift to the child? Consider the following tips, and you're bound to find a gift that's engaging, rewarding, and fun.
Play and the pursuit of hobbies can help a child:
Every child has a preferred method of learning — visual, spatial, physical, auditory, musical. Kids are naturally drawn to toys, hobbies, and games that use their strengths.
Consider a child's favorite method of learning when choosing a gift. Terrell, age 6, learns math best by using blocks and other objects to count and group. Because he's a spatial learner, he might enjoy playing checkers or building with Lego blocks.
Giving gifts that help kids address their learning difficulties is a great idea. Just be sure the toy or other item:
Finally, look for toys, games, or software that let a child adjust the speed, sound, and difficulty levels to her own comfort level. As with any child, you'll want to choose items appropriate for her age group.
Some kids with learning problems also struggle with social interactions. How can you find a gift to match their preferences and interests?
Your thoughtfulness in selecting a gift for a child with learning difficulties will enrich her life now and in the future. In the short term, your gift will provide her with hours of fun and a sense of success. And the self-confidence she experiences today is something she can carry into the future.
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