​After the kids have gone to sleep (or until they’re back up again anyway) most parents are sitting down to trawl through the Internet looking for the best prices and finding stores that have their children’s much wanted Santa items in stock.

For parents of children with disabilities choosing toys for Christmas isn’t always a fun job. It could be that there is no Santa list, regular toy stores just don’t stock the type of toys that will interest your child, or the cost of the sensory or therapy toys you would like to buy are just too expensive. We’ve put together our top ten picks of Gifts for Children with Special Needs this year - hopefully this will make your life a little easier and those family members who will be struggling to buy gift for your little one.

1. Vouchers (£5-£100) OK, it might be boring but think of the Apps that can be bought with a £25 iTunes Vouchers, the TV programmes downloaded onto the iPad or Tablet that will keep your child entertained on trips out (and keep you sane). Set up a Gift List in Amazon for your child and share it with your family and friends that might encourage them to buy some vouchers helping you purchase a much wanted item.

2. Scanimation Book (£8) If you’ve not heard of these check out this short video, they’re available to buy on Amazon.

3. Sleeping Bags (£20-£35) Slumbersac do an amazing range of sleeping bags right up to the age of 10 year olds in 0.5, 1, 2.5 and 3.5 tog so they’re perfect where ever you live! They also come in a various designs and colours to suit older children.

4. Makaton Signing Resources (£10 - £30) Singing Hands has a great range of Makaton and Signing tools. We recommend their ‘It’s a Christmas Cracker’ DVD to get the whole house in the mood!

5. Cheeky Chompers is where you’ll find the neckerchew and comfortchew £11.95 - £17.95). Although aimed at babies they are perfect if you a have little chewer in your house (and we’re told they’re working on a Special Needs range)

6. Tablet/iPad wheelchair attachment (£99.95) - The Joyfactory Wheelchair Mount sneaks in under £100 it’s perfect if your child is a wheelchair user and loves to bring the iPad out and about.

7. For Soft Play Equipment check out www.implay.co.uk They have a great range of affordable soft play equipment with items under £100 and they ship worldwide.

8. Family Pass - How about a family pass to your favourite tourist attraction or for a bit more than £100 ask for an annual pass. Great fun for the whole family all year round!

9. Course of music therapy - a group session for 4-5 weeks would cost around £100. There are few children who don’t enjoy music therapy, something to look forward to after Christmas and a chance to work on some new skills. Check your local area for what’s available.

10. Finally, the Spinning Cone (£70) - this multi functional toy is perfect for kids who loves spinning and sensory input. You can also buy the stand and use it as a water or sand pit during the warmer months.

Why not visit this thread in the Firefly Garden and add your own ideas http://community.fireflyfriends.com/community/viewthread/31/

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