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10 Toys Great for Kids
with
Special Needs
And Now, Our Creature Presentation
Kids with Down syndrome can have
difficulty with fine motor skills, so
games and puzzle...
Speak to Me
For kids with autism, focus on
cause-and-effect toys (push a
button, get a response), especially
those that pr...
Trunk Show
Juvenile arthritis can limit
movement in certain parts of the
body, so choose a toy that gently
works the area ...
In the Loop
For kids with cerebral palsy,
muscular dystrophy, or any
condition that affects the motor
systems, look for to...
Paint Life Grand!
Think open-ended crafts for kids with ADHD
because focusing on directions can be hard.
Instead of paint-...
Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Consider games that adapt to fit the
developmental stage of a child with Down
syndrome. The obj...
bObles Tumbing Anteater - 4 Layer, Big
bObles is a playful interior environment for
children - with a design their parents...
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10 toys great for kids with special needs

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10 Toys Great for Kids with Special Needs.Fun stuff that will help kids with Down syndrome, autism, juvenile arthritis, cerebral palsy, and sensory integration impairment.

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10 toys great for kids with special needs

  1. 1. 10 Toys Great for Kids with Special Needs
  2. 2. And Now, Our Creature Presentation Kids with Down syndrome can have difficulty with fine motor skills, so games and puzzles with just a few large pieces to work with are often a hit. Especially good are games like this Monster Toss -- its level of difficulty can be adjusted to custom- fit the child and her developmental stage. Try starting out close, and then slowly moving farther back! ($34.99; alextoys.com)
  3. 3. Speak to Me For kids with autism, focus on cause-and-effect toys (push a button, get a response), especially those that promote interaction by encouraging a verbal reply. Vtech's Tote & Go Laptop Plus does just that, teaching letters, words, and more through fun games and friendly characters. ($21.99; amazon.com)
  4. 4. Trunk Show Juvenile arthritis can limit movement in certain parts of the body, so choose a toy that gently works the area that's compromised. Because slow and easy gestures are used to catch the cascading butterflies, Elefun is ideal for kids who have trouble with their upper joints. ($19.99; hasbrotoyshop.com)
  5. 5. In the Loop For kids with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or any condition that affects the motor systems, look for toys that work with their limited movements. A good choice if he uses a wheelchair: the Infinite Loop. It increases upper- body dexterity and concentration as he opens and closes the tracks to keep the ball on its path. Two balls of different weights, for two difficulty levels, are included. ($23.85; munchkinfield.com)
  6. 6. Paint Life Grand! Think open-ended crafts for kids with ADHD because focusing on directions can be hard. Instead of paint-by-numbers, get a kit that gives plenty of creative license, like Paint a Rock Pet. Also available in a turtle. ($11.99; alextoys.com)) Spin Doctor Anything that spins is often a draw for children with autism, as they tend to like repetition; gear sets are a smart choice. The Gears! Gears! Gears! Lights & Action Building Set by Learning Resources has a motor, lights, glow-in-the-dark stickers... heaven! ($56.99; learningresources.com)
  7. 7. Baby, You Can Drive My Car Consider games that adapt to fit the developmental stage of a child with Down syndrome. The object of Rush Hour is to move vehicles out of your car's way to escape the gridlock. Players progress at their own pace, tackling four levels of difficulty. ($19.99; thinkfun.com) Just Say Dough Glow in the Dark PlayFoam can be squished and formed into luminescent creatures. But it doesn't stick to hands and offers tactile stimulation -- bonuses for kids with sensory integration impairments. Accessories included. ($19.99; creativityforkids.com)
  8. 8. bObles Tumbing Anteater - 4 Layer, Big bObles is a playful interior environment for children - with a design their parents would love to place within their homes. The tumbling animals can be used as furniture, but is meant for play. The whole idea is to enhance children's motor skills while playing! (www.sensorykidstore.com) XLarge Blue Peanut Ball The unique shape of this ball provides the child with added stability for balance, exercise and vestibular therapy. (www.sensorykidstore.com)

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