There are some huge and exciting leaps being made in technology to support additional needs.
From customized wheelchairs with under-lighting to iPad apps for special needs to strollers for big kids, the range is enormous. On this page you can find everything from cool gadgets to sensory toys to getting the right trike and how even how to get a grant for it!
Get a grant to help you get just the right kind of trike, bike, iPad, laptop or assistive technology for your child.
Find out how to find the right trike or bike for your child, where to get it and how to find a grant to pay for it.
Looking for tech help at school?
Changing the way your children can learn
IT for learning & physical disabilities has opened a whole new world for children struggling at school. Click here to find out about teaching aids and kit that can make a huge difference.
Sensory Toys & Autism Products
Sensory integration activities and toys can be brilliant relaxation tools for kids with all sorts of complex needs, including autism and developmental delays. They’re also great for a huge range of engagement therapies.
The range is huge - from chewy tubes to the brilliant Fiddle and Think Jar from Sense Toys. The Boing Pro from Special Needs Toys is a rubbery light-filled ball which changes colour every time it’s squeezed. A great way to see sensory toys in action before you buy is to look them up on YouTube. There are lots of reviews of the toys on there too, like this example of a multi-sensory room.
Top 10 Sensory Toys That Your Kids Will Love!
Check out our Sky Badger Guide to the best and coolest sensory toys available.
Looking for a sensory toys grant?
Click here to find loads of foundations and charities that want to help you get the perfect toys for your child.
If you're having trouble with the application forms then contact the Sky Badger helpdesk. We're always here to help!
Top 10 CHEW TOYS FOR YOUR KIDS
Check out our Sky Badger Guide to the best and coolest chew toys on the market.
We thought you'd also like to checkout some fab sensory rooms from all over the world....
Hut to Hub
This sensory room has taken awhile and they still have a long way to go.. but you get the idea 🙂 Great sensory hub is for anyone with special needs.
Spennymoor Multi Sensory Room
Some really beautiful ideas to get you started with your own adventure!
TFH's Multi Sensory Room
This Video is an excellent example of a Multi Sensory Room designed, built and installed by TFH. SpecialNeedsToys.com.
Making sure your child is able to get around comfortably can make a huge difference to their quality of life. There is lots of support available to help you get specific, tailored mobility aids and wheelchairs, and there are lots of items that might help with day-to-day life, such as easy-grip scissors and loo support cushions.
An NHS physiotherapist, occupational therapist, paediatrician or orthopaedic surgeon will give you specific advice about your child's mobility needs.
There are eligibility criteria that the wheelchair services have to follow. These will help them decide the type of kit your child needs.
- Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions when you’re investigating the best kit for your child – it can be helpful to get the information written down for you so you can refer back to it.
- Most NHS wheelchair services have specialists in children's mobility. They can help with any necessary modifications to your child’s kit.
- Make sure your regular reviews are organised well ahead of needing new kit. Everything takes time.
- If all else fails and you need the NHS to do better, then there is a formal complaints procedure. Call your local NHS Board and ask to speak to their complaints officer.
- No one should have to spend their own money buying a wheelchair for their child. Sometimes however it’s incredibly useful to have a powered chair, a sports wheelchair or a lightweight chair for getting out and about. You can get grants to help pay for this.
- Don’t forget…you shouldn’t pay VAT on equipment and vehicles for disabled people.
Wheelchairs & Mobility suppliers
Use our directory to find lots of organisations who can help with everything from a brand new wheelchair to mobility aids for the home.
Cycling is so good for kids!
As well as being a lot of fun, it gives them independence, exercise, and helps them improve stamina and co-ordination.
Even if your child has limited movement or profound learning disabilities, there are tandems and trailers that enable the whole family to go out and get active together.
Check out this lovely clip from Tomcat Trikes:
How to choose the right bike or trike
Put together a list of must-have’s. A few things to think about:
- Does your child need an extra wheel, or head and neck support?
- Is it adjustable so the trike can grow with your child?
- Do they need straps or stabilisers so they can cycle safely?
- Does your child need power assistance to use the bike?
- Have you thought about passenger cycles, trailers or tandems? If your child can’t power a bike, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy being part of a cycling team.
- Try them out...Lots of companies have try out days including Quest88
Remember you can accessorize your child’s bike like crazy and make it as amazing as they deserve it to be!
Looking for a grant for your new bike or trike?
Check out our grants information, packed with help on how to apply and grant giving organisations.
Find the perfect bike or trike
Use our directory to find lots of organisations who supply bikes and trikes
Not sure where to turn?
Contact our helpdesk
Do you need specific help for your disabled or special needs child? Click here to tell us more about what you're looking for and our helpdesk team will do their very best to find you what you need. All of our advice is confidential and we will not share your details or personal information with anyone.