Toys for Special Needs Children
Parents of Children with Special Needs often look for toys that can benefit their child physically, intellectually and emotionally. The toys may improve problem solving or encourage play at a higher level. Yet they need to be safe and fun for the kids. This page offers articles on choosing toys, places to get toys, and easy toy and game adaptations. Please note, this listing is merely a compilation of catalogs; it does not constitute an endorsement of any of the companies or products listed.
One Sportime Way
Atlanta, GA 30340
Developmental devices including therapy balls, scooter boards, water therapy devices, ball pits, swing sets, manipulatives, and positioning devices.
Achievement Products, Inc.
P.O. Box 9033
Canton, OH 44711
Achievement Products offers hundreds of top quality therapy products, special needs exercise products and special education products from walkers and standers to therapy balls, feeder seats, rolls and wedges to help children achieve their best.
A Doll with Down Syndrome
22 Plantation Drive
Simpsonville, S.C. 29681
The idea behind the creation of this toy is to enable children with Down Syndrome to identify with a doll which reflects their image, thus helping them through play to strenghten and develop their self-esteem. At the same time, it is meant to be educational, a toy to be used by other children as well; it is suitable for use in Kindergarten, pre-primary schools.
Assistive Technology of Ohio
445 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Building L
Worthington, OH 43085
Assistive Technology (AT) Ohio is a federally funded non-profit organization. AT Ohio’s mission is to help those with disabilities acquire assistive technology. Their programs include a loan program, computer distribution, and an adaptive toy library. These programs are designed to increase the availability and use of assistive technology devices and services.
921 Northlake Dr.
Richardson, TX 75080
Dolls of different races that can be bought with disability accessories like crutches, wheelchairs, cane, service dog.
Blind Children's Fund
4740 Okemos Road
Okemos, MI 48864-1637
Blind Children's Fund offers various products for all children.
Childswork/Childsplay Center for Applied Psychology, Inc.
PO Box 61586
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Addresses mental health needs of children and families through play.
Different Roads to Learning
37 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003
This company specializes in learning materials and playthings for children with developmental delays and challenges. This catalog puts together educational toys and materials that stimulate the skills leading to speech and language for challenged children ages 2-10.
Don Johnston Inc.
1000 N. Rand Rd., Bldg. 115
PO Box 639
Wauconda, IL 60084-0639
Alternate keyboard, Jokus and Make It Series software, switches and switch interfaces, distributor for other companies' products.
268 Bush Street, Suite 2811
San Francisco, California 94104
Though not designed specifically for the families of children with disabilities, this website provides a great deal of information about hundreds of toys and other children’s products. The holiday gift guide, awards, links and other resources may be valuable to all those seeking toy-buying guidance. Dr. Toy, aka Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, is a national expert on children’s play and play materials.
385 Warburton Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Enabling Devices is a company dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive technology devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions.
Exceptional Parent Toy Recommendations
700-76 Broadway #360
Westwood, NJ 07675
Each year EP highlights fun and educational gift ideas for exceptional children and people of all ages. They have a panel of certified toy testers who offer recommendations for the best toys produced in the past few years.
This website provides reviews of recreational, educational and therapeutic toys from a therapists perspective. The site is separated by skill areas allowing you to search where you feel your child needs the most help. The mission of Find the Right Toy is to help parents help their children through play using the child’s strengths to engage their interest while exercising skills that are weaker.
Fun and Function Special Needs Toys
PO Box 11
Merion Station, PA 19066
Committed to providing affordable, educational and therapeutic toys and equipment for all children including those with special needs. Large selection of educational & developmental toys, sensory integration products, hard to find specialty toys, equipment, and resources to therapists, schools & families.
PO Box 922668
Norcross, GA 30010-2668
Integrations offers a catalog of products for children with learning and sensory differences. The catalog is intended for Teachers, Speech Pathologists, Special Educators, Occupational Therapists, and Parents.
Let’s Play! Projects
322 Kimball Tower, Buffalo, NY 14214
Let’s Play! Projects provide families with children with disabilities ways to play through the use of assistive technology. These projects provide ideas and strategies to promote play through better access to play materials, and use assistive technology to give the children this critical access. These projects believe that by building on what the child can do, and by creating interactive play environments, families can reclaim play as a critical component of childhood.
National Lekotek Center
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201-2796
Lekotek uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life.
Pocket Full of Therapy
P.O. Box 174
Morganville, N.J. 07751
This site was developed by OT’s. They offer unique materials and toys that can help provide effective, appropriate, motivating and fun, pediatric therapy and learning. The catalog is arranged into categories pertinent to development.
Prentke Romich Company
1022 Heyl Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
Communication devices such as AlphaTalker and TouchTalker, ECUs, computer access devices, switches and mounts developmental software.
500 Redwood Blvd
Novato, CA 94947
TouchWindow, educational software including KidDesk, McGee, Katie's Farm, Playroom, Stickybear, Millie's Math House. Riverdeep, a leading on-line developer of K-12 interactive learning solutions, acquired Edmark, a leading developer and publisher of children's educational software for the K-8 and Special Needs areas.
4 Sammons Court
Bolling Brook, IL 60440
Orthopedic and daily living devices, including tableware, positioning devices, therapy balls, stacking cones, manipulatives, therapy putty and jettmobile.
8469 Canoga Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91304
This site offers an online catalog of educational and sensory-based products. The website, started by parents of a child with special needs, also plans to offer a newsletter with articles and activities from parents, teachers, and therapists.
4300 Stine Road, Suite 401
Bakersfield, CA 93313
Software for students with disabilities and the very young, including Old MacDonald's Farm, Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, and Five Green and Speckled Frogs.
Tack-Tiles(r) Braille Systems
PO Box 475
Plaistow, NH 03865
Tack-Tiles® Braille Systems are a sophisticated teaching tool for all ages based on LEGO®-type blocks.
TFH (USA) Ltd.
4537 Gibsonia Rd.
Gibsonia, PA 15044
Providers of carefully selected fun products designed to help you or those in your care enjoy life, and achieve more.
Toys "R" Us
Call 1-800-TOYSRUS for a Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids available at the toy stores or online.
- Choosing Toys Takes Consideration - from the What's Up newsletter at the Early Childhood Training Center.
- Easy Toy and Game Adaptations - from Exceptional Parent Magazine.