Toy guide for children with special needs

Dec 23, 2011
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Late last week, I stopped by my local Toys“R”Us to pick-up a few gifts. While walking into the store I passed a kiosk displaying the Toys“R”Us guide for differently-abled kids, I instantly picked up a copy and began to flip through it. Upon opening the Guide I found that not only were dozens of toys listed but next to each of the toys there was a picture stating which important developmental areas each specific toy could help to enhance. For example, according to the Guide, the Go Baby Go! 1-2-3 Crawl-Along Snail targets fine motor, visual, auditory, thinking and gross motor skill development.

Play is such an important element to any child’s development; this Guide is an excellent way to encourage that play be accessible to all kids. Though this was my first time seeing the Guide, Toys“R”Us has been offering it to costumers since 1994. In fact, to make sure that this Guide contained the most appropriate toys, Toys“R”Us partnered up with the National Lekotek Center for help. Lekotek, a nonprofit organization with the goal of making play accessible to all children, helped to evaluate each of the toys in the Guide and provide additional information presented to the readers as well. I was really excited to see this guide; it was a nice reminder that there are still a lot of organizations out there with the needs of children with disabilities at heart.

Though the gift giving season is coming to an end, this is a great guide for any gift giving occasion for a child with special needs. The 64-page guide can be found at your local Toys“R”Us as well as viewed online both in a printable PDF format and website catalog. (Printable version)

Author: Tamika Jones