Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Toy Guide

Thanks to Tessa Michaelson Schmidt for this timely information:

Last week the 2012 Edition of the Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids was released by Toys“R”Us.  This is a helpful resource for identifying toys and playthings for children’s areas and library programs.

History of the Guide and Its Impact on Families of Children with Special Needs
For nearly two decades, the Guide has served as a trusted resource for family, friends and caregivers of children with special needs, providing a carefully selected assortment of toys that can help kids explore new worlds and achieve personal victories. Each of the nearly 100 toys featured in the 64-page resource has been selected in partnership with National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible to children of all abilities. Each item featured helps children with physical and cognitive disabilities develop critical skills through the power of play, including fine and gross motor, visual, language, creativity and more.
In addition to toy recommendations, parents will also find value in the Guide’s “Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys,” prepared by the National Lekotek Center, as well as “Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs,” which were created with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations to help avoid playtime injuries.

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