25 Disabled Elf on the Shelf Ideas (Autism, Wheelchair, Hospital)

Wheelchair and Hospital Elf Ideas

I’ll admit, when Elf first came out, I loved him. Then I hated him. Well, not him, but I hated how competitive it was on social media. Seemed like every mom was trying to outdo all her friends with crazy Elf ideas. Now we’re back to loving our Elf on the Shelf again.

Once I started digging into this and looking for Elf ideas with disabilities, I found that you can really get carried away. You can get a wheelchair for your elf, create Elf in the hospital setting…even get him a service dog!

Representation matters, so here is how to add disabilities to your Elf on the Shelf

I kind of wish I had done this a few years ago. And, over the years, we’ve come up with some really last-minute Elf on the Shelf ideas, and some fun ones that represent our family.

*Please note, I found most of these pictures on Pinterest and they had nothing attached to them. If they are your photos, please email me and I will happily link back to your original post.

Autism Elf on the Shelf

Let’s start with an Elf on the Shelf who has autism. No big deal, right? 2% of the population has it, so why not your Elf?

Here is an Elf who likes to line up things.

An Elf on the Shelf autism idea--lining up things!

He lines up train cars too. I mean, who doesn’t? And these are both pretty easy to do and you likely already have the stuff at home.

An Autistic Elf lining up Thomas train cars.

How about a weighted blanket? You know what–go to Dollar Tree and get an oven pad or holder. And voila! Instant weighted blanket.

How about a swing for vestibular input? Is your Elf a sensory seeker?

Every Elf needs a sensory swing!

ILS Learning Corner has a whole sensory series for your Elf. Tons of great ideas!

elf-shelf-sensory-tactile

Elf on the Shelf Neurology Ideas

How about an Elf who has epilepsy, seizures, or other neurological issues?

Here is an Elf getting an EEG.

My son has seizures, so why wouldn't our Elf?

And here is an Elf getting an MRI.

Elf needs an MRI.

I’m trying to think of what I could use at home to mimic an MRI. A tissue box maybe?

Elf on the Shelf Wheelchair

Does your Elf use a wheelchair? There is a blog called Have Wheelchair, Will Travel and they have a ton of cool ideas for Elf and a Wheelchair.

We need a teeny, tiny wheelchair for our Elf.

Elf on the Shelf using Crutches

You can buy wheelchairs for dolls, so that would work. I also saw makeshift ones made out of Legos, using CDs for wheels, and all kinds of creative things. I also have seen crutches and walkers for dolls too.

An Elf on the Shelf using crutches.

Elf on the Shelf Service Dogs

Does your Elf need a service dog?

You can get one!

A Service Dog for your Elf, how cute!

Elf on the Shelf with T1, Type 1 Diabetes

Hey, it happens! Make your child feel at home if your Elf has to do testing too.

Sometimes even Elves are born with T1 or Type 1 Diabetes.

Elf on the Shelf Hospital Ideas

Maybe your child is at the doctor or hospital a lot. Which is not funny on any day, but certainly not during the holidays. Let them know that they are not alone. Sometimes Elf has to go to the hospital too.

An Elf in the Hospital

Sometimes he doesn’t always behave in the hospital.

An Elf being bad in the hospital and not listening to his doctors!

And sometimes Elf gets the flu. Bet he wishes that he got a flu shot! Click the image if you want to know more about the photographer.

Uh oh! Elf didn't get a flu shot!

I hope this helps you plan some Elf on the Shelf ideas for your child with autism, special needs, or other disabilities.

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