Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Toys for children with special needs

Being so close to the duPont Hospital for Children, we sometimes get customers coming in looking for toys for children with special needs. We try to stock a wide selection of toys that help in the development of children of all ages - but it's difficult to come up with toys that would be appropriate for children with specific disabilities. Happily, there is a great resource on the web that allows you to search for toys that have been independently rated for children with a range of disabilities. Ableplay.org is a website set up specifically to help shoppers with their choices of toys for children with disabilities. The site was developed by the National Lekotek Center, which (according to their website) is "the leading nonprofit authority on play for children with disabilities." Check out the video below for a story about brothers William and Owen and their family's experience with Lekotek and the "power of play."

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