Myths for Little Yogis
Megan Henderson wrote the book “Myths for Little Yogis — Shiva’s Dance” to share what the wonders of yoga practice can do for everyone. Henderson’s passion for yoga accessibility stems from her work promoting the healing power of yoga to children with special needs. Yoga helped her own daughter, who has Down syndrome, develop enough strength and balance to begin crawling. The book is an introduction to an ancient Indian myth and source of the dancer’s pose in yoga. Your kids will be enthralled with the story of Shiva restoring balance to the universe all while teaching them lessons of lifestyle and wellness.
Award-winning author, journalist and Orange County native Christina Adams wrote “Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels” in 2019 about her search for a life-changing treatment for her son’s autism. Upon seeing improvements in her son, Adams soon went on to discover a world of “camel people” and the creatures they revere as healers. This book is a page-turning narrative that combines science, mystery and love-fueled determination in a way that will make every reader a little camel crazy.
The Brave Knight Kit
Anxiety is common among those with special needs and while it is not something that simply goes away, learning coping skills is tremendously helpful for both child and parent. New experiences and brief separations no longer have to be a challenge with Sir William’s Brave Knight Kit. Created by psychology expert Colleen Marchi to help her own son’s anxiety, the kit includes fuzzy forever friend Sir William, “The Magical Order of Brave Knights” storybook to help kids learn bravery, and a projecting flashlight to make bedtime a little less scary and a lot more fun. Whether it’s at home, the dentist office or the park, the Brave Knight Kit is perfect for any adventure.
$42.99, 3+ years, magicalorderofbraveknights.com
Sensory Fidget Tubes
Trouble focusing or sitting still for long periods of time is common among children on the autism spectrum. Help your child manage their emotions and focus their attention on this set of four colorful Sensory Fidget Tubes. These securely sealed, easy-to-grip bottles feature a variety of shapes, interactive elements, special effects and colors to provide a quiet, engaging option for kids who need help settling down.
$29.99, 3-4 years, hand2mind.com
Sensory See Me Ball
Sensory development is important for any child, including those with special needs. With these unique textured Sensory Balls, playtime will greatly enhance your child’s gross motor and tactile skills. Each ball is soft and stimulating enough that rolling the Sensory Balls on your child’s back or feet alone will heighten sensory awareness. The size of each Sensory Ball can also help encourage grasping and coordination.
$9.99, 6+ months, amazon.com
— Madison Amirehteshami