Holiday Gifts for those with Special Needs

1.  Multi-sensory: Does the toy make noise, light up, have texture, a scent, or movement to engage the child?
2.  Provide a challenge without frustration: Make sure the toy provides different levels of force required to activate the toy, while also not having too many steps in order to engage or participate to activate the toy
3.  Place: Is the toy easy to store? Is it transportable? Can it be used when in different positions such as sitting, sidelying, and/or wheelchair tray?
4.  Individual Abilities: Does the toy represent both developmental and chronological age? Does it reflect the child’s interest and age?
5.  Adjustability: Does it have capability to change brightness, volume, or height?
6.  Safety and Durability: Can the toy be washed or cleaned? Is it moisture resistant? Does it fit the child’s strength? Are the toys parts the appropriate size?
7.  Interaction: Does the toy facilitate the child’s interaction with others? Will the child be an active participant?

The TOYS-R-US App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids provides appropriate technology apps and games for those with varying levels of special needs.  They also provide symbols to distinguish which skills the toy targets, instead of labeling toys by disability. The toy guide for differently-abled kids is available in stores and online!

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