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Toys for children with disabilities. [Mar. 17th, 2006|09:28 am]
Infants and Children with Special Needs
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[lilsinger_95]
I hope this is OK to post here. I'm well familiar with the IEP process and such since I grew up as a child with a disability. I also hope someday as a music therapist to work with children with disabilities.

I came across a post promoting a website that rates toys for children with disabilities. As a blind freshman music therapy student, I realize how important this resource could be to many parents and professionals. I'm not affiliated with the site in any way. I just thought it could be a great thing to get out there to parents and professionals that deal with children with disabilities.
Check out this website.

http://www.ableplay.org/

It's a site that has ratings on toys which would be accessible for children with varying abilities. AblePlay uses a star-based system in four separate categories - kids with physical, sensory, communicative and cognitive disorders. They also provide detailed evaluation sheets with tons of information good for parents and professionals. I guess a good many of the products can be purchesed in retail stores locally. There are some links to buy products, though this website is not a store. However, using the links on they're site to purchase products insures that they get a little something. This is a relatively new service.
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