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Choosing a Toy For Your Child

I've decided to include this section which is in the book "Caring For Your Child With Hydranencephaly" as it has very good points.

How to find the right toy for your child

Selecting a toy for a child with disabilities? Here are the questions that the play experts at the National Lekotek Center ask when choosing developmentally appropriate toys for differently abled kids. Use these questions to guide you in making the right match between the child for whom you're buying and the toys in the Toys "R" Us Guide for Differently Abled Kids!

1. Multisensory appeal
Does the toy respond with lights, sounds, or movement to engage the child? Are there contrasting colors? Does it have a scent? Is there texture?

2. Method of activation
Will the toy provide a challenge without frustration? What is the force required to activate? What are the number and complexity of steps required to activate?

3. Places the toy will be used
Will the toy be easy to store? Is there space in the home? Can the toy be used in a variety of positions such as side-lying or on a wheelchair tray?

4. Opportunities for success
Can play be open-ended with no definite right or wrong way? Is it adaptable to the child's individual style, ability, and pace?

5. Current popularity
Is it a toy that will help the child with disabilities feel like "any other kid?" Does it tie in with other activities like books and art sets that promote other forms of play?

6. Self-expression
Does the toy allow for creativity, uniqueness, and making choices? Will it give the child experience with a variety of media?

7. Adjustability
Does it have adjustable height, sound volume, speed, and level of difficulty?

8. Child's individual abilities
Does the toy provide activities that reflect both developmental and chronological ages? Does it reflect the child's interests and age?

9. Safety and durability
Does the toy fit with the child's size and strength? Does it have moisture resistance? Is the toy and its parts sized appropriately? Can it be washed and cleaned?

10. Potential for interaction
Will the child be an active participant during use? Will the toy encourage social engagement with others?

Toys that help provide stimulation to our children
Fisher Price Crawl Along Drum Roll
Disney Dancing Babies-motion and voice activated music
Fisher Price ‘Bat and Wobble Ball’
Tomy play by lights piano
Sesame Street Magic Moves Piano
Rain Maker
Baby Gyms

Here are a couple of the most popular toys for our children as well as links to sites where you can get adapted toys.

Switch-Activated Ring Around Bells (This was mentioned to me as a favorite for many of the children.

This toy features 8 different colored bells that are arranged in a scale. When activated by a switch, the bells spin and hit a small wooden ball, producing delightful sounds. These bells provide access to music-making for individuals who can use a switch.

Toys for Special Children, Inc.
385 Warburton Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Fax: 1-914-478-7030

Lakeshore Learning Materials
2695 E. Dominguez St.
Carson, CA 90749
Fax: 1-310-537-5403


Neurosmith By Musini**

E=MC2! Neurosmith's revolutionary Musini magically converts your child's energy into music and creativity! Musini's patented MagicSensor transforms any room into a musical playground where every step, turn, touch, and tap activates a unique musical response. Children simply select their favorite musical styles and instruments and start moving! Musini does the rest - sensing the strength and speed of each vibration and responding with a totally personal and unique musical composition. Mini-maestros explore tempos, rhythmic patterns, and musical structures and they'll never make the same masterpiece twice! Musini encourages physical expression and creativity, rewarding each movement with inspiring music. Children can also explore various musical styles, instruments, tempos, and structures, cultivating a deeper understanding and lifelong appreciation of music.


Other pages in this section
Sensory Stimulation

Sensory Stimulation Activities


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