Saturday, July 17, 2010

Choosing Toys for Children with Special Needs...

Sometimes it's really difficult to find toys that are fun and accessible for children with special needs. Here are some of the sites that I have always had lots of luck with when I'm looking for a special therapy toy.
Able Play - This is a toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs.
Beyond Play - An excellent resource for toys designed for children with motor, visual, cognitive, social, sensory, and language needs.
Bright Tots - This is an excellent collection of shopping tips, toy buying guides, and links to need specific websites.
Dragonfly Toys - The focus is on computer games and other adaptive technology.
Glamma Toys - You’ll discover a world of unique toys and games that promote imaginative play for children.
Mealtimes - Oral motor toys and other resources for promoting successful feeding interactions are available.
Lekotek Centre - Often family members may be uncertain which toys the child with special needs will be successful using. Out of this need the Lekotek Toy Resource Helpline 1-800-366-PLAY was established.
Pacific Pediatric Supply - This site provides innovative, high quality, sensory integration products for autistic and special needs children.
Play Works - Toys that encourage children to play, to learn what happens as a result of their actions, and to build skills are featured.
The Therapy Shoppe - On this site you will find a wonderful assortment of therapy merchandise and specialty toys and games.

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