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.
Autism Resource Network
Offers a bookstore for parents and educators with reference books and educational toys, plus a quarterly newsletter.
Early intervention products for young children with special needs.
Cat & Mouse Game Store
1112 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Educational toys and board games for all skill levels, host to family events and workshops.
Board Games and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A workshop on how to use tabletop games for leisure, social skill building, and language development. Taught by Beth Heile, a speech therapist with 11 years of experience working with children with ASD.
When: April 25, 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $40, for tickets and more information.
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.
Contact: Andrea Lemke
27068 W. Driftwood Court
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
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 years.
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.
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