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The 2017 ADDitude Gift Guide for Kids with ADHD

Delight — and educate — your child this holiday season with these ADHD-friendly, autism-approved, and sensory-sensational gifts.

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Hugibo

$149
yogibo.com

Hugibo is a friendly beanbag pal, ready to give your child a warm hug when he needs it, but physical contact with Mom or Dad feels overwhelming. Hugibo is 4 feet tall and weighs 13 pounds — the perfect size for reading, sleeping, or watching TV, and its squishy, “near friction-less” microbead filling is an ideal texture for hyperactive huggers or sensory-seeking children. Hugibo’s cover is machine-washable, and it comes in several bright colors.

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Tacscreen

$21.95+
tacscreen.com

Many kids learn best through touch — and that’s doubly true for kids with dysgraphia, auditory processing challenges, autism, or ADHD. In our digital world, however, kids increasingly miss out on the hands-on learning their brains need. So transform your child’s tablet into a tactile tool with Tacscreen, a screen cover that doubles as a multisensory playground. Tacscreen’s bumpy surface allows your child to get the same tactile sensations as drawing in sand or clay — without the accompanying mess!

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Vibrating Fiber Optic Light

$11.99
funandfunction.com

“Sleep” and “ADHD” mix like oil and water. If your child struggles to wind down for bed — or is frequently overcome with nighttime anxiety — use this Vibrating Fiber Optic Light to conjure a soothing sleep environment. The light vibrates and changes color, filling your child’s room with a calming nighttime light show. On top of the that, your child can physically manipulate the light’s strings when she is overwhelmed, providing soothing tactile input that may help build fine motor skills.

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The Reading Bug Box

$29.99/month
readingbugbox.com

Reading is magic, but only if your child can focus on her book long enough for the characters and story to captivate her attention. Keep your child’s interest in reading alive with The Reading Bug Box, a personalized, monthly book subscription service for kids aged zero to 13. Select your child’s favorites from 12 different genres, and feel free to add a personal note explaining her reading habits and personality — the more information The Reading Bug’s team has at its disposal, the more likely it is to select books your child will devour.

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CozyPhones

$19.97
cozyphones.com

Music — or a backseat movie — is a parent’s best friend on a long car ride. But many kids with sensory processing challenges hate the sensation of bulky headphones or invasive earbuds. Cozyphones — a soft fleece headband with headphones hidden inside — is a comfortable, sensory-friendly solution. They come in different designs, and the volume is limited — so while your child listens to music in total comfort, you can rest easy knowing his eardrums are safe from harm.

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Wire Puzzles

$6.99
fatbraintoys.com

These brain-busting puzzles double as age-appropriate fidgets for teens with ADHD, who may feel like they’ve outgrown fidget cubes and troll dolls. The pack includes 12 different wire puzzles; your child can pick his favorite, or bring a handful to cycle through during the day. These puzzles are universally loved — meaning teens who are self-conscious about their ADHD need not disclose a thing to their friends and classmates.

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Bilibo

$29.99
bilibo.com

Kids aged 2 to 7 will love Bilibo, an open-ended toy that promotes motor skills, coordination, and balance — indoors or out. Shaped like a big wobbly turtle shell, Bilibo comes in 8 different colors, and can be used to rock back and forth, scoot around the house, or even float in the pool. Unlike most toys, Bilibo comes with no instruction manual or rules. The only limits are your child’s imagination!

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Dexterity Dough

$12.99+
dexteritydough.com

Kids with ADHD are drawn to open-ended, hands-on play. Unfortunately, traditional play doughs crumble and dry out — and are too often filled with artificial dyes and fragrances (yuck!). Dexterity Dough is high-quality, all-natural play dough that’s guaranteed to never fall apart or lose its stretch. It’s made of organic coconut oil and organic orange oil, adding an aromatherapy component that may boost your child’s focus and mood. Orange oil, in particular, is often used to promote relaxation and creativity — making play time more fun and stimulating than ever!

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Teen Talk Conversation Cards

$7.99
therapyshoppe.com

Social challenges are not uncommon, but they are particularly painful during the tween and teen years. That’s when kids begin forming cliques and finding their “tribes” — leaving some children with ADHD or other social delays out in the cold. Help your child learn to start conversations (and keep them going) with the Teen Talk Conversation Cards, easy-to-use resources that build your child’s confidence and everyday social skills. The cards come on a ring, and are small enough to fit in a purse or backpack — giving your child the chance to bolster her conversational chops in the car, at a party, or wherever.

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Suspend

$16.99
melissaanddoug.com

Nothing beats a family game for building social, cooperative, and reasoning skills. In Suspend, players hang rubber-tipped wire pieces from a large tabletop stand. Each time a new piece is added, the balance shifts — and all players must think on their feet to stop the crowd-sourced sculpture from falling over. The game is different every time, which means your child won’t grow bored easily.

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Geosphere Puzzle Lamp Kit

$27.98
hearthsong.com

Let your tween’s creativity shine — literally — with this colorful lamp-building kit, which results in a beautiful (and practical) art project that your child can proudly display. The kit includes 30 pieces of flexible plastic that can be assembled like puzzle pieces into a unique hanging lamp; your child can adhere to an included pattern or create one of her own. Once it’s finished, the remote-controlled lamp can be lit in one of more than 20 colors — adding a personal touch to your child’s space.

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Vibes Earplugs

$23.99
discovervibes.com

Your teen wants nothing more than to attend concerts with her friends — but if she struggles with sensory processing, the booming speakers and boisterous crowds may prove too much. Help your teen take control of her sensory needs with Vibes, the earplugs designed to make live music less painful for sensitive ears. Unlike traditional earplugs, Vibes don’t muffle the music; rather, they filter out specific frequencies so your child will still hear every note — without the harsh high-decibel background noise and persistent hearing damage.

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Crazy Loops

$3.99
crazyloops.com

Crazy Loops are simple, snap-on tags that fit on your child’s backpack, shoelaces, or sports equipment. The possibilities, however, are endless. Kids can discreetly fidget with Crazy Loops in class. Parents can hook them to clothing and gear to help forgetful kids keep track of their possessions. And anyone of any age can spread awareness for favorite causes with pre-made or customizable designs like a pink ribbon. Plus, with Crazy Loops’ “Loops for a Cause” program, $1.00 of every pack sold goes to benefit childhood cancer research!

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Finger Crayons

$5.99-$14.99
therapyshoppe.com

Preschool students with fine motor delays may struggle to grip their crayons — turning a beloved childhood activity into a frustrating affair. Help your child color to her heart’s content — and build dexterity in the process — with Finger Crayons. Your child can put the hypoallergenic crayons over her fingertips, or grip them in her palm — either way, she’ll improve her functional finger grasp and important elementary-school skills!

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“Julia” Stuffed Toy

$19.99
thinkgeek.com

In 2015, Sesame Street broke boundaries when it introduced Julia, a young Muppet with autism. Julia helps children without autism better understand the needs of their classmates and friends, while allowing children on the spectrum (and their parents) to see themselves represented accurately and compassionately in media. Bring Julia’s magic home to your child with this large stuffed toy, perfect for hugging, sleeping, and spreading autism awareness. Julia is 14 inches tall, and is made of polyester so she can be easily wiped clean.

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SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Sensitivity Socks

$22.95 for 3-pack
smartknitkids.com

Children with ADHD, autism, or sensory processing difficulties may find everyday annoyances — like a scratchy sock seam — unbearable. Alleviate this everyday challenge with SmartKnitKids seamless socks, which are specially designed to soothe the needs of hypersensitive kids. The socks are knitted in a “cocoon shape” — making them free of even the tiniest seams — and are made of special antimicrobial fibers that keep feet fresh and dry. Plus, the unique heel- and elastic-free design means kids with motor delays can put on their socks independently.

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Orpheus, the Saddest Music Machine

$29.99
thinkgeek.com

Give your budding engineer a gift that will keep on giving, with “Orpheus, the Saddest Music Machine.” Orpheus is a DIY music box that your child can construct herself. Just crank his handle, and Orpheus’ gears spin, his lights flash, and he plays a melancholy tune. The combination of hands-on play, practical skill-building, and charming quirkiness will resonate with any music-, robot-, or construction-loving tween.

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