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  • AblePlay
    Toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs so parents, special educators, therapists and others can make the best choices for the children in their lives with disabilities.
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  • Autism Resource Network
    Offers a bookstore for parents and educators with reference books and educational toys, plus a quarterly newsletter.
  • Beyond Play
    Early intervention products for young children with special needs.
  • Discovery Toys
    Specializes in toys, books and games. Provides autism support symbols throughout catalog to find products that help support learning in six different areas (e.g. independent play, sustained engagement, cooperative play, etc.).
  • Fun and Function
    Website for professionals and parents that provides sensory toys and therapy equipment for special needs children to help learn adaptive responses for what they may lack or crave.
  • National Lekotek Center
    Lekotek makes play accessible to children with all types of disabilities through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional toys, adapted toys, books and computers. 
  • Shining Abilities
    Contact: Andrea Lemke
    27068 W. Driftwood Court
    Lake Barrington, IL 60010
    (800) 885-6194
    Lake County
    Shining Abilities provides educational toys for autistic children. They offer a complimentary service that will put you in touch with an industry professional for personalized recommendations. Free membership includes: monthly newsletters that provide teaching tips, parenting tips, therapy strategies, and current information on autism spectrum disorders. 
    Ages: 2-12.
    Insurance not accepted. Price range for toys: $7.99-$149.99.
  • Special Needs Toys
    Toy items include: multisensory (e.g. bubble columns, fiber optics projectors, soft play), senses (e.g. visual mirrors, blacklight disco gadgets, moving parts, moving lights), auditory aromatherapy (e.g. noisy toys, CDs, DVDs, resonance), tactile (e.g. squidgy toys, soft toys) and much more.    
  • Toys R Us
    Toy Guide for differently abled kids. To receive a free issue of this catalog, go to the link above. This website provides a collection of toys for children with special needs.

Although our Web site includes links providing direct access to other Internet sites, the Autism Resource Center at Rush University takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites.

The information on this Web site is provided for general reference purposes. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your child and adolescent psychiatrist or other physician. Only a qualified, licensed physician can determine the individual treatment that is appropriate for your particular circumstances. All decisions about clinical care should be made in consultation with a physician. Inclusion of information on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement of views, persons, methodologies or products. The health care providers whose information is available on the Web site are not necessarily the agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center. In consideration for use of this Web site, Rush University Medical Center or any other party involved in producing or delivering this Web site will not be liable to you for any action or nonaction that you take in reliance upon the information provided on this Web site.


Autism is a complex disorder. Our Web site provides information and resources for families with a child with Autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.


The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.

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