December 5, 2012

news-toys-for-special-needs-12-2012It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! And kids of all ages are eagerly wondering if they will receive the latest toys and gadgets this holiday season.

While we all love to see the smile and excitement on a child’s face after opening a special gift, we also want to ensure the gifts we give are safe and appropriate for all children, including those with special needs.

That’s the main reason why December is designated Safe Toys and Gifts Month.

If you are shopping for a gift for a child with special needs, the National Lekotek Center recommends three simple tips to keep in mind:

1) Choose toys that may appeal to different senses, sound, movement, texture
2) Consider interactive toys that allow the child to play with others
3) Think about what size the toy is and what position a child would need to be in to play with it

Plus, to make your job a little easier, AblePlay, a service of the National Lekotek Center, offers a database for parents, friends and relatives to search for toys for children with special needs.

Lastly, we can’t forget about Toys”R”Us, one of the nation’s largest retail chains. The company has published its Top 10 Buying Tips for Children with Special Needs as well as a Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Both are extremely useful tools to have during this time of year.

Although gift buying can be stressful, we hope these simple tips and great resources will make this holiday season both cheery and bright for everyone.

Happy Shopping!