Selecting Toys for Young Children with Disabilities
Play is what children do; it is how they grow and learn. The importance of play in a young child's life
cannot be over-stated; it is their primary occupation, impacting all areas of development. All children
regardless of ability need a variety of opportunities to playfully interact. Since toys are the child’s tools
for play, finding toys with features that make them usable by all/most children is a critical part of this
effort. Toys with these features are defined as “universally designed”.
Families and service providers should look for toys that include features that make them universally
appealing, usable and fun, that are challenging, yet appropriate for the child’s abilities.
Click here to download this resource guide from the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD).
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