What Inventions Do You Dream Of For Your Child With Special Needs?

My son, Max, wears purple bandanas all the time. It’s not so much a fashion statement (although he loves purple) but a necessity: he tends to drool because of the cerebral palsy. Max doesn’t mind the drool at all, and I only do when I overhear  a little kid saying “Eewwwww, he’s drooling!” I’ve been known to respond, “It’s just water, and it won’t hurt you. Hey, I drool in my sleep!”

The drool does, however, pose some practical problems: Max’s shirts end up sopping wet. We’ve tried having him wear terrycloth wristbands to wipe his mouth but he usually forgets. Bibs are the most realistic solutin except I’ve never found super-abosrbent ones in stores—or ones that aren’t for babies. Max is 9, and he sure doesn’t want to be walking around in a Baby Mickey bib.

Because I am domestically-challenged, I actually paid a local seamstress to sew these bibs for Max. They’re made of of two bandanas with a double layer of cotton batting in between. Even then they typically end up drenched within a few hours and we go through a bunch in a day. I’m about to have more of them made up.

What I really wish for is a shirt made of water-deflecting fabric or a super-sonic bib that absorbs water but doesn’t end up sopping wet. Those are on top of my practical wish list. Tops on my fantasy wish list: A device that would read Max’s mind. Boy, would I love to know all the stuff that’s going on in there.

What sort of special needs inventions do you wish for?


From my other blog:

Brain boosters for kids with special needs

Getting people to see the ability instead of the disability

iPad giveaway for kids with special needs

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  1. by Nicole

    On February 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I agree with the mind-reader, that would be awesome!

    For Ian, I’d like something that would keep his wheelchair wheels dry in the snow. When we go through a parking lot or something, his wheels get all wet and dirty. When he touches them he immediately recoils, looks at his hands, then wipes them on his pants!

  2. by dderbydave

    On February 23, 2012 at 1:56 am

    “Domestically challenged” – I like it.
    Ours is a pair of The Wrong Trousers (ref Wallace and grommett),

  3. by S.Thomas

    On February 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I wish for something that would allow the rest of us to know the absolute joy our son expresses. He has a smile and hug for everyone – offers unconditional love before he even knows your name. There are a lot of inventions that would help him fit better into our ideas of typical, but I just think something that turned typical into the incredible world he perceives might be even better…

  4. by C arla

    On February 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I wish for many things for my 7 yr. with moderate cerbral palsy. Some came true with an iPad & Proloquo2go. Others I still long for…but if someone could make this 1 simple device & do it affordably it would be the Holy Grail for him right now. A child sized watch that speaks the time when you press a decent sized button. Adult versions exist, why not for kids? Think of it, even kids without medical challenges would love it!