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    Special Needs Toys So Expensive

    Hi all, as everyone knows christmas is coming and there lies the problem i have two special needs children that have impaired sense's they like bright lights, vibration toys and noisy toys but all these toys are so expensive from special needs catologues. Please if anyone can help i would be well happy. These toys have to be robust and have either reflective or bright light interaction, as my children have hearing and sight loss, they need to interact with toys that there other senses can make use off. Please help on sugetions off toys space blankets rainmakers ect THANKS A LOT

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    I feel your pain, I have a son with special needs and have this problem every year! It hasn't been so bad this year though as his vocal skills have come on, and I've gone for the voice activated buzz lightyear.
    I'm not sure if I'm allowed to recommend another forum on here, but parentsofdisabledchildren.co.uk have just started selling toys for children with special needs, cheaper than the usual catalogue prices.
    Hope you find something suitable!

    Banned

    Sounds to me like "special needs catalogues" are just a con and a licence to print money.

    From what you've specified you need, those sort of items csn surely be hand made? Can't you use the catalogues for inspiration, and then make your own versions of things?

    Have you tried searching for "Special Needs Toys" at Amazon.co.uk?

    They have quite a few that may suit your kids.

    Of course, Christmas decorations are readily available at this time of year; you may be able to find some fibre optic cables or bubble tubes that can be used for games.

    I'm not sure how old your kids are, but you could try to find some plastic fish & magnetic fishing rod-style conventional toy & drop the fish into a bubble tube for your kids to retrieve with the fishing rod.

    It may improve their fine motor skills as well as being a useful stimuli for them.

    BFN,

    fp.

    The Parents Consortium may also be able to recommend suitable suppliers or put you in touch with other like-minded parents that can advise or possibly offer you their pre-owned items (if you wish to accept them):

    [ parentsconsortium.co.uk ]

    BFN,

    fp.

    some not too expensive, really lovely things on this website

    i cannot believe i am going to say this but....i agree with vb1 as i work with kids/adults in this position and you can buy from argos and places like that as we have a sensory for instance and we save money by not purchasing from these certain places! you can buy from most places without having all that extra expense as we do, argos, tesco even poundland

    This place also give grants to help with buying sensory toys

    Am sure there would be a few places like that too that could maybe help you

    what about something like this?

    bumble ball

    bossyboots

    some not too expensive, really lovely things on this website



    This is the shop part, to the link I sent

    honeyb35

    This is the shop part, to the link I sent



    some really brilliant stuff there!

    also if your part of a nursery/group/organisation you will have a toy library where you can borrow instead of buying

    Have they got an ELC zigzagzog? On E bay for around a fiver. Just a thought ;-)
    Hope you all have a great Chritmas whatever you get them x

    honeyb35

    I feel your pain, I have a son with special needs and have this problem … I feel your pain, I have a son with special needs and have this problem every year! It hasn't been so bad this year though as his vocal skills have come on, and I've gone for the voice activated buzz lightyear.I'm not sure if I'm allowed to recommend another forum on here, but www.parentsofdisabledchildren.co.uk have just started selling toys for children with special needs, cheaper than the usual catalogue prices.Hope you find something suitable!



    Cheers for the heads up on that website honeyb, ive got a 4 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy so theres a few things on that site that she'd like.

    Again, thanks for the heads up

    Cragsi

    Cheers for the heads up on that website honeyb, ive got a 4 year old girl … Cheers for the heads up on that website honeyb, ive got a 4 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy so theres a few things on that site that she'd like.Again, thanks for the heads up



    If you join the forum, there are often discount codes on there, or special offers

    Original Poster

    Can i just say thanks for all of your comments, i have a good friend who is an engineer and has said that he could make certan toys but they are protected by patients and also the have strict health and saftey exectuive guidelines to protect these companys. We have two fibre optic carpets that ar 2mts long by 1 mt wide and these were £399 each with out the light source, because we are a minoraty and not the manoraty we are punshised by the cost of these products, you dont see MADE IN CHINA on them as they can not be mass produced so we are punished because companys are not going to buy these in tens of thousands. THANKS ALL AGAIN

    Also look in Maplins - they have some light / sound novelties that are good as stimulating toys for children with sensory impairments
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