Please feel free to peruse the collection of links posted below. They will be updated often. If you have any suggestions, please contact me. Click the logos to be directed to their websites. If the logo will not connect, I have the link posted directly below the logo as “link”.
Camps and Amusement Parks listed on second links page.
Specialty Game Sites
These game sites provide games that are often not available in chain stores or are available from the manufacturer only. I will post them as I review them.
Here’s a list of places to get computer games, varying prices, varying eras. Please refer to the blog for deets.
Many of these are sites that provide specialty items for kids with special needs.
Therapy, Homeschooling, and Sensory Toys
I will admit this has been a favorite of ours for years. We have metal allergies and many of the products come in a variety of options. I got the toddler fabric bracelets in a variety of colors so Thing 2 never felt singled out.
Shoes and boots with zippers. Great for weakness, prosthetics, AFO’s… the possibilities are endless.
KOHL’S has a new adaptive line available for pretty much all ages and all disabilities including sensory issues.
Look, Ma, no buttons! This line is made exclusively to replace all buttons with magnets. They have recently started making clothing for kids and women even though it says “Men”.
My Pipers are boxers designed for girls who need them either because they cant stand regular briefs due to sensory issues or they have no modesty.
Soft fabrics, outside seams and pockets, no tags… these clothes are designed with your sensory kid in mind. There are even slim sweats… I never knew those existed before now.
Cat & Jack from Target has been working on their adaptive line for a few years, I’m excited to say. I’ve always been a fan of their quality. Their adaptive line has the same patterns and graphics and the standard line so you can still dress all your kids alike if you want. The cost does not increase like some brands do (most items are under $15/ea). Keep an eye out for seasonal items, as they have a new adaptive Halloween line making costumes for kids and wheelchair accessories.
Lands’ End adaptive line specializes in school uniforms. Buttons and zippers are replaced with magnets, there are magnetic opening to allow for AFOs… all the tags are sensory friendly, they have tried to think of everything. This is their standard adaptive uniform. LOL.
Patti and Ricky cover everything under the sun: kids and adults, clothing and accessories… They even have some harder to find items like Velcro belts and Braille shirts and jewelry, by Braille’iant.
Kozie Clothes specializes in sensory clothing such as compression and weighted items. They do have a few things for G-tubes, as well.
Tommy Hilfiger was one of the first big names to collab with the Runway of Dreams to create their adaptive line back in 2016.
I currently have not collabs, but please contact me if you are interested in this.
When I come across something people can apply for or donate to, I will research the legitimacy and post the deets below.
Tiny Super Heroes
This is an AMAZING program for special needs kids and adults. People can “nominate” for a special needs individual to receive a cape. A fundraiser will begin in said individual’s name. If he/she is able to raise enough for their cape, they will receive their cape. If they are able to raise 3x’s the amount the cost of their cape, then the cape is personalized AND 2 other people on the waiting list will get a cape.
There is also a patch program, in which participants meet goals set monthly either alone or with the aid of their side kicks. It’s a wonderful, uplifting program with a supportive community attached.
A new program added is the THS Ambassador program. For roughly $10 monthly, you gain access to live classes for journaling, crafts, special missions; discounts in the store for patches, special items and patches only available to ambassadors, and so much more.
NillyNoggin by Hannahtopia
NillyNoggins are EEG caps that cover the electrodes and the wires allowing children and adults to be comfortable while wearing the prolonged EEGs. I’m sure many have experienced wires getting tangled, people staring, and more. The fabrics come in several different designs and are soft. You are able to purchase one outright, nominate someone who needs one, or sponsor someone who has been nominated. In addition to the NillyNoggin EEG caps, Hannahtopia also sells G-tubes covers, blankets, pillow cases, minky mini blankets, and other epilepsy items.
LightZ of Hope
LightZ of Hope is a non-profit organization that delivers a “disco ball” speaker to a child who has been nominated as the “Hero of the Month”. You can also register a child for a disco ball speaker, these are paid for via donations. They also partner up with children’s wards to brighten up the place.
Jerry the bear
Jerry the Bear is an awesome educational tool for children with Type 1 diabetes. He is a stuffed bear that comes with an app so children can monitor his blood sugars and take care of him just as they need to learn to take care of themselves. He now has multiple features including insulin pens, pumps, monitoring tools, and a food guide that says how many units of insulin to give. These can be ordered outright, donated, or families can apply to be on the waiting list as donations come in.
My special aflac duck
This special duck was designed for patients with childhood cancer. He is very life like and responds to touch. He was meant to help distract children during their treatments. He also comes with accessories including different mood plaques. These were designed with the thought of children not wanting to expressing their own emotions because they feel as though they have to tough it out for their parents or themselves. These children are now able to express them selves by having the duck express these emotions when they feel them. Aflac’s goal is for every child with cancer to have one of these ducks. You can have your hospital or oncology center request them.
Unicorn boxes by liv like a unicorn
Liv like a Unicorn sends out unicorn boxes to children fighting brain and spinal cord tumors and cancer. They are filled with a variety of items, like crafts, blankets, and small toys. They will also deliver toys to their local hospitals to re-stock the play rooms and ensure there are activities for children in the hospital during treatment. They even have special boxes themed for kids who might miss out on holidays. How cool is that?
feel better friends
Have a personalized friend made in your child’s image. Volunteers make these dolls to have the same physical issues as your child. If your child wears a headpiece due to medical reasons, they can have the friend wear one, too! Children must be between the ages of 2 and 16. They also must have something that sets them apart physically from other children.
the super hero project
This is an awesome organization of people and artists who will interview special needs kiddos, often ages 4-18 (sometimes younger), to design their very own super hero! They can even make group posters if more than one child in the family has special needs. Artists are always welcome.
beads of courage
Beads of Courage is a program that sends out beads to kids, or staff at hospitals and treatment centers can pass them out should they choose to participate. Your child collects beads of specific colors that represent their medical journey. Included medical issues are:
- Cancer and Blood Disorders
- Cardiac Conditions
- Burn Injury Recovery
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Chronic Illness
- Rehabilitation Care
- Trauma Recovery
- Pediatric Intensive Care
- Palliative and Supportive Care
These wonderful bears are available to families suffering from infant loss. Whether the parents need closure or the siblings do, these cuddly bears can help with the mourning process.
By request, these are organizations and foundations for specific syndromes and diseases. If you would like to have one added, please contact me. I will keep these in alphabetical order by the syndrome or disease they represent.
Icons available to visit:
There are non profit people or organizations that send out a super hero or cartoon icon to meet your special kiddo. They will be listed in alphabetical order by state. Please let me know if you know of one or you are part of an organization who would like more exposure. Some of these, although listed under a specific state due to home location, will travel.
Please note: I knew of a lot more through facebook and other sources, however, due to COVID, many of them stopped operating.