It is not so easy finding the right toy for a special needs child. For those of you who have one, you know what I mean. Here are some websites that have toys geared toward children with special needs . . .
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2. Ability Station
Ability station provides special toys for many different special needs and skill sets All toys are therapist approved for a child’s growth, development and fun.
3. Lakeshore Learning
Lakeshore is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. Although not specifically targeted towards children with special needs, a number of their products can be very useful for children with special needs.
4. Fun and Function
Fun and Function designs sensory toys and therapy equipment for individuals with special needs to help children learn adaptive responses for what they may lack or crave.
5. Special Needs Toys
Special Needs Toys offers a wide range of special needs toys, from mobile Multi-Sensory, to Swings, Trampolines and otherSensory Integration kits, Switches, rewards and small Sensory toys.
6. Different Roads to Learning
Founded in 1995 by the mother of a child diagnosed with Autism, Different Roads to Learning carries over 500 products carefully selected to support the Autism Community. You’ll find everything from basic flashcards, books and timers to advanced social skills tools to support you at every step.
7. Toys R' Us
Toys ‘R’ Us has a complete ”Differently-Abled” Kids section. Categories include: Auditory, Creativity, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Language, Self-Esteem, Social Skills, Tactile, Thinking and Visual
8. eSpecial Needs
From over sized building blocks and bungee jumpers to snapwall playsets and sand and water activity tables, eSpecial Needs offers a variety of appealing active play toys for children with special needs, including autism.
9. Gummy Lump
Gummy Lump offers toys that make sweet memories: play food, wooden toys, pretend play & educational toys for toddlers & preschoolers!
10. PlayAbility Toys
PlayAbility Toys designs and develops toys for children with special needs. Toys are geared towards children on the Autism Spectrum, individuals who are blind & visually Impaired, cognitive challenges, hearing impaired, physical challenges, speech delay and more.
11. Momo's Special Toys
Momo's Special Toys provides products that specifically aim to enrich your child's academic skills while still being fun and purposeful. For toddlers and preshchool-aged children, they carry many toys that stimulate curiosity and promote your child's necessary developmental skills.
12. Autism Learn101
They are dedicated to making visually structured activities designed to help develop multiple skills for persons with autism. Many of their activities contain different levels, creating a connected hierarchy Learn by doing - then progress to each higher level to expand learned skills.
13. Brainwaves Sensory Toys
They are a small family run business based in Surrey. They had a dream, after years of struggling to find affordable sensory toys for their 2 children with additional needs. They decided to give it a go and see if they could make a difference.
14.Sensory Spectrum Shop
"Our goal at The Sensory Spectrum Shop is to make the world a little easier and less overwhelming for the autism and special needs community. Our mission is to empower our community by providing a one stop shop of excellent autism and special needs products, as well as having a place to come to for support, encouragement and reliable information. Spend some time. You will discover hundreds of therapy products, wonderful toys, DVD's, books, and teaching resources."
15. Warren Prescriptions and Toyology
Achievement products provides and excellent collection of therapy, exercise and special education products for children with special needs. They offer a wide variety of innovative and affordable products to assist therapists, educators and parents meet each child's individual needs for learning, enhancing new skills and promoting each child's independence.
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