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Adapted Toys

For all children, play serves important roles in learning, leisure, and social interaction. For the child with special needs, parents may need information on the characteristics of toys that would best match their child's abilities, interests, and learning needs as-well-as sources of adapted toys and instructions on how to adapt standard toys.
The National Lekotek Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children with disabilities. Their web site offers extensive information on choosing toys for children of all abilities, sources of adapted toys, and instructions for adapting/making toys. For the highly motivated professional or parent, training is offered on how to develop a toy lending library. Families may also call the National Lekotek Center for information at 1-800-366-PLAY.
See the Resources below.

Resources

Information & Support

For Professionals

The National Lekotek Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children with disabilities.

For Parents and Patients

Ten Toy Tips (PDF Document 6 KB)
Questions to ask when choosing developmentally appropriate toys for differently-abled kids.

National Lekotek Center
An organization promoting play and toys for children with special healthcare needs.

Toys for Differently Abled Kids (Toys R Us)
A yearly catalog of toys for children with special needs sorted by type (gross motor, fine motor, communication, etc.).

Eparent.com (Exceptional Parent magazine)

UCLA Clinical Trial (PDF Document 93 KB)

Specialneedstoys.com
A great source for adapted toys, including specials on certain items.

Authors

Compiled and edited by: Lisa Samson-Fang, MD - 5/2011
Content Last Updated: 5/2011