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New E-book: A Special Needs Toy Guide

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
― Fred Rogers

If play is the work of childhood, then toys are the tools of the trade.  All children learn through play, but play does not come naturally to all children. Sometimes the right toy can spark enough interest to start something new.

To help you find the right the right toy for your child with special needs Friendship Circle has launched a new e-book called Toys: A comprehensive guide to finding the right toy for your child with special needs.

The purpose of this e-book is to narrow down the field of infinite toys to those which successfully target special interests and emerging skills.  Here you’ll find tried-and-true toys and activities recommended by experienced therapists and parents – yes, even toys for children who refuse to play with toys, or children who prefer to spend hours each day watching objects spin.

Get Your Copy Here

Special Needs EbookYou can purchase a copy of the Special Needs Toy Guide by visiting our Ebook Section. The cost of the ebook is $4.99 and you can purchase it using a credit card or paypal.

Here is an overview of each chapter of the special needs toy guide.

15 Great Online Toy Stores for Children with Special Needs

Toy StoreBy 

Way back in 2011 we wrote up a list of online toy stores for children with special needs. In 2 years a lot has changed. We decided to dig around and see if we could come up with more toy stores selling products for children with special needs. Here are 15 stores that provide great toys and educational products for babies, children and teens with special needs.

Eight Tips for Special Needs Holiday Toy Shopping

ToyBy Jason Ferrise

As the holiday season approaches the rush to find the perfect toys for children with special needs can sometimes be a nerve-racking mission.  How do you pick the right toy for your little girl or boy? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.

10 Tips for Selecting Toys for Your Speech Delayed Child

As a speech-language pathologist, I am asked what toys I recommend most for children with speech and language delays all the time. Here are my 10 tips for selecting toys for your child with speech/language delays.

25 Great Toys For Kids Who Don’t Play With Toys

Does your child play with toys?  If so, this Chapter isn’t for you. You should probably Google “hottest toys of 2012.” Is your child scared of blinking, beeping toys? Is your child unable to understand the rules of most games? Does your child lack interest in typical toys? Is your child delayed when it comes to basic play skills? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you’ve come to the right place.

6 Toys & Play Products To Help Develop Gross Motor Skills

Play is essential to help children with special needs develop gross motor skills. This article covers 6 toys and play products that can help with gross motor skills.

10 Toys And Household Items To Help Develop Fine Motor Skills

Developing Fine Motor Skills is an essential part of a child’s growth. Here are 10 toys and household items that will help build fine motor skills.

10 Great Balance Toys For A Child With Special Needs

One of the key elements to gross motor skills is balance. Balance allows control of movements during stationary (static) as well as moving (dynamic) tasks like laying, sitting, crawling, walking, or running. Here are 10 toys that will help a child with special needs improve their balance.

8 Great Toys That Help With Cognitive Development

As children grow and learn new cognitive skills, they are able to integrate the new with the old, building their knowledge and understanding. Here are eight toy suggestions that can assist children in developing critical cognitive milestones.

Nine Toys That Can Help Children who have Special Needs with Independent, Parallel and Cooperative Play

There are many types of play children encounter with age, environment and mood. As children grow they evolve in their play abilities starting with independent play and moving through parallel play, cooperative play, and even competitive play.  This article provides nine toy suggestions that can help in these areas.

Five Toys to Promote Problem Solving for a Child With Special Needs

This chapter provides toys tips to help with problem solving. Problem solving is an integral part of a child’s success, confidence and independence. Problem solving helps children make discoveries about the world around them, learn the skills to relate to others and communicate effectively while achieving developmental milestones.

Eight Toys That Can Help A Child With Emotional Development

For the average person the concept of play is considered helpful in assisting a child to grow, learn, develop and thrive. What many don’t realize is that play is extremely helpful when it comes to the emotional development of a child. Here are eight toys that can help.

Toys and Tips for Blending Nature and Play for Children with Special Needs

Nature provides children with many opportunities for physical activity, creativity, and social and emotional connections. The out-of-doors gives children fresh ideas for play and expands their horizons to hone skills and explore all of their five senses in the environment. Here are five ways children with special needs can benefit from outdoor play.

Five Toys That Can Help With Social Development

Social Development is a crucial element in the growth of children, specifically children with special needs. The easiest way for kids to learn social skills is through play- sharing, negotiating, and resolving conflicts Here are 5 toys that can help children develop socially.

10 Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism & Other Special Needs

10 Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism Other Special NeedsBy 

Many people have a tendency to chew on anything they can get their hands on. It is very common to see children with special needs and particularly those with autism chewing on  something. Thankfully  there are a number of chew toys available to help children with special needs.

21 Great Fidgets For Your Child With Special Needs

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Fidget toys are great self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening. We asked some of our contributing bloggers what widgets they would recommend. The results are some pretty neat fidget toys that will help your child with special needs.

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Tzvi Schectman

Written on November 19, 2013 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+

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