Choosing a Toy For Your
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
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
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
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?
Does the toy allow for creativity, uniqueness, and making choices? Will
it give the child experience with a variety of media?
Does it have adjustable height, sound volume, speed, and level of
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?
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
Here are a couple of the most
popular toys for our children as well as links to sites where
you can get adapted toys.
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,
spin and hit a small wooden ball, producing delightful sounds.
These bells provide access to music-making for individuals who
can use a switch.
Lakeshore Learning Materials
Toys for Special Children, Inc.
385 Warburton Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
2695 E. Dominguez St.
Carson, CA 90749
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.
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