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Special and important wishes of children with special needs

There are many children with special needs living in family homes. They too have Christmas wishes they can’t wait to come true.

Games that go on and on

Playing is important for all children. They need to get as much playtime as possible because it develops several skills, for instance, teaches communication, develops fine motor skills or logical thinking. Child's play is child's work. Even when the age might suggest otherwise.

Karin (20) with an intellectual disability, loves to play and get lost in her own imaginary world for hours and hours. She loves to play with dolls and drive them from one place to another in her car. Sadly, her last remote controlled car broke down from excessive use and now Karin hoes to get a new one from Santa.

Akseli (11) is an autistic boy who talks extremely little. He also started playing just recently. Akseli has driven a tractor with his dad and is now deeply interested in cars and tractors. He loves playing with them most of all. He doesn’t have his own tractor yet, but the boy hopes to get one from Santa.

Diana (16) does not speak, she has a profound disability. Her favourite TV programme is Teletubbies, which she can watch endlessly on TV. Her wish is to get a soft jumping teletubby that she can play with.

17-year-old Mario loves to play with building blocks – to build and to just hit them against each other. They make a fascinating sound that Mario enjoys. The boy would be very happy to get a set of blocks of his own. As long as they are colourful – Mario also loves colours.

Fine motor skills need developing

Hand skills are extremely important in getting by in life and can be developed with various games and activities. It is simply amazing how much better a child can be by making figurines from moulding clay, stringing beads or solving a puzzle. There are many special needs children living in family homes, to whom dealing with activities developing fine motor skills is extremely important.

Aimar (8) with Down’s syndrome is an exceptionally joyful and happy boy. He loves making things with his hands. It also develops his hand skills. Moulding clay or a puzzle book with larger pieces is perfect for this. Hopefully, Santa will bring one of these to Aimar!

Heli (19) is a young lady with Aicardi syndrome. This rare genetic disease is accompanied with difficult-to-treat epilepsy and both mental and physical challenges. Heli adores making things with her hands. The best activities are those where she can use both hands at once. She needs to improve her fine motor skills and practice hand and eye coordination. Making jewellery would be perfect for this and Heli would be over the moon to find a jewellery-making set in Santa’s gift bag.

Good sleep as a gift

Santa received a lot of letters this year wishing for a night lamp. These are especially practical for children with impaired attention and ability to focus - the lamps help them calm down and watching the beautiful light brings a good sleep.

Marten (16) is only able to pay attention for a very short while. He would love to have a night lamp that would help him focus. Marten enjoys watching different light plays.

Hyperactive Danel (6) also settles down by watching a cosy light and listening to sounds. He is unable to switch from one activity to another when he is too excited, and for this, he needs help to create a quiet moment. A night lamp is perfect for this.

Karl (14) does not speak or move. The only door to the boy’s world is his eyes - he enjoys watching moving objects and although he does not speak, it is clearly visible that it makes him more peaceful and relaxed. Watching a lava lamp could bring him joy. The sleep would be better as well.

Practical gifts

Santa also gets a lot of practical wishes. Children grow out of clothes, shoes become too small or worn.

Martin (16) in a wheelchair needs new clothes because the boy is growing quickly and wears out more trousers than a healthy child due to his special needs: when on the ground, he crawls from one place to another, so there’s no wonder the knees don’t last long. An outdoor coat is necessary because Martin loves to spend time outside. Everything outdoorsy attracts his interest.

Romet (12) makes unintentional movements that tend to bare his neck and make his hat slip off. This problem could be solved with a Breden Kids hat that is designed in a way that it stays on nicely and keeps the person warm.

Martin (13) does not move well, does not speak and sees badly. Despite all of his challenges, he is still a happy child. Numerous supporters have already helped him with many development toys in the past and Martin could play with them endlessly. But now, Martin needs a way more practical gift – a large and comfy towel to wrap around himself after a wash.

A Christmas gift that brings joy and helps in developing oneself is the best – be it a surprise that sparks the drive for discovery, challenges one’s knowledge, or teaches a new skill. We can give a child the best gift if we appreciate his/her wishes and understand the actual needs behind these wishes.

Receiving gifts on Christmas Eve is the highlight of the year for many children, but life goes on and dreams don’t end with Christmas. Why not give a gift to these children every month and support their hobbies as a permanent donor? The support of a permanent donor is invaluable because children growing up in family homes want to practice activities and have hobbies all year round, just like children growing up with their parents. As a permanent donor, you can give them certainty that they will be able to practice their favourite activities now and always. 

Donate EUR 3 each month and you will be giving children the fulfilment of success, new experiences, or supporting young people in getting an education with which to start their independent life. Give your small contribution to children living in substitute homes so that they will have the same supportive and developing environment as children being raised in your own family. Read more from http://www.heategevusfond.ee/joulupuu/pysiannetus


 

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