Your sack of sensory toys can help a child who is deafblind feel the love this Christmas
You can help a child track light
Many children who are deafblind will have some vision – even if it’s just distinguishing between light and dark. Specialist light toys help children learn to make use of what little vision they do have, perhaps learning to track light with their eyes. It’s an important step in helping a child build awareness of the world around them – perhaps starting to associate twinkling lights with Christmastime.
£23 could buy a specialist light box like the one Sue uses to encourage children to track light in different directions.
You can help a child feel the beat
Even if a child cannot hear, the vibrations of musical instruments are a great way to help children start interacting with the world. Ringing a set of bells and then feeling the vibrations can teach a child about cause and effect, and that they can make things happen. Jude especially loves wind chimes and a special tambourine, which he’ll tap along with his mum to Christmas carols.
£75 could fill a bag with noisy treasures including a xylophone, drum, cymbal, chimes, triangle, bells, maracas, castanets, guiro and rhythm sticks!
You can help a child explore new textures
Lots of different toys with different textures help children learn to explore, interact and start expressing preferences. They may like soft textures, but not squishy ones, for example. At Christmas, they may enjoy the feel of tinsel, or the prickly branches of the tree. When parents use different toys to interact with their child, it’s an important step in playing and building a bond together.
£280 could buy an entire sack full of different specialist sensory toys including spine balls, fluffy animals, bean bags and swishy plastic shapes.