Make a note of their birthday and plan to send them a birthday card and birthday gift.
They can’t have ANYTHING they can use to harm themselves with. It’s fairly safe to say if it can be taken apart, the kids will disassemble it and could use it to harm themselves. Good ideas are journals (without the wire spine), books (teenage type), blankets, socks, tshirts, underwear. Even some bedroom slippers/shoes. Hygiene supplies (body wash, shampoo, lotion) are good but we need to make sure they are fragrance free and ok for kids with sensitive skin. They are not allowed to have bar soap or razors.
Something else to add to what they can have are playing cards and uno cards. Perhaps some board games/dominos….stuff like that. The lower functioning kids would enjoy flash cards with colors, shapes, and alphabet….maybe some small/beginner words too. I’m also thinking a shape sorter, like you’d get for a toddler would be entertaining for them.
It is best to place the gift in a gift bag as staff do have to check the gift before giving it to the resident.