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Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids

Tips for Buying Toys

Prepared by the National Lekotek Center

Multi-Sensory Appeal

Does the toy respond with lights, sounds or movement to engage the child? Are there contrasting colors? Does it have a scent? Is there texture?

Orbeez Luxury Spa
Method of Activation

Will the toy provide a challenge without frustration? What is the force required to activate? What are the number and complexity of steps required to activate?

Educational Insights Getting Ready For School Hot Dots Set
Places the Toy Will Be Used

Will the toy be easy to store? Is there space in the home? Can the toy be used in a variety of positions such as side-lying or on a wheelchair tray?

Design and Drill Activity Center
Opportunities for Success

Can play be open-ended with no definite right or wrong way? Is it adaptable to the child's individual style, ability and pace?

Imaginarium Connect and
Create Tub
Current Popularity

Is it a toy that will help the child with special needs feel like ''any other kid''? Does it tie in with other activities, like books and art sets, that promote other forms of play?

Kurio 7s Android
Family Tablet
Self-Expression

Does the toy allow for creativity, uniqueness and making choices? Will it give the child experience with a variety of media?

Melissa & Doug Musical Instrument Set
Adjustability

Does it have adjustable height, sound volume, speed and level of difficulty?

Fisher-Price Grow 2
Pro Junior Basketball Set
Child's Individual Abilities

Does the toy provide activities that reflect both developmental and chronological ages? Does it reflect the child's interests and age?

Leap Frog Kindergarten
Learning Kit
Safety and Durability

Does the toy fit with the child's size and strength? Does it have moisture resistance? Are the toy and its parts sized appropriately? Can it be washed and cleaned?

Oball
Potential for Interaction

Will the child be an active participant during use? Will the toy encourage social engagement with others?

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Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs
Toys''R''Us has created Safe Play Tips with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations.
To make playtime a positive, memorable learning experience for your child, a list of tips to help minimize
playtime risks among children with special needs can be found at Toysrusinc.com/safety/tips/.
Toys''R''Us has created Safe Play Tips with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations.
To make playtime a positive, memorable learning experience for your child, a list of tips to help minimize
playtime risks among children with special needs can be found at Toysrusinc.com/safety/tips/.
About the Guide
What is the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids?
Toys''R''Us, Inc. has a long history of supporting the special needs community. For 20 years, we have published the Toys''R''Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.
During the past several years, Toys''R''Us has worked with many celebrities who have served as the ''face'' of the Guide. This year's cover features Albert Pujols, father of five, philanthropist and baseball World Champion.
This complimentary, one-of-a-kind resource speaks to a child's individual needs and offers qualified toy recommendations based on research from the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that evaluates all of the toys featured in the Guide.
What Do the Symbols Represent?
Because all kids are unique regardless of ability, toys are not categorized by disability. Instead, symbols are assigned to each toy based on different skills, such as Auditory, Language, Social, Creativity and more. In this way, the Guide helps parents choose toys that build or reinforce a variety of skills, and all toys in the Guide have been designated with at least two or more symbols. There is also an easy-to-use toy selection index that sorts toys according to the skills they help develop so parents can quickly find toys that most benefit their child's growth and learning.
How are Toys Selected for Inclusion in the Guide?
Toys''R''Us collaborates with the National Lekotek Center to identify those items that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. The organization reviews hundreds of products and selects those with exceptional qualities. Toys featured in the Guide are everyday playthings suitable for children of varying skills and abilities. You can learn more about the National Lekotek Center by visiting Lekotek.org.
App Guide
PicSay - Photo Editor
Shinycore
Shutterbugs can embellish photos with stickers, add text from a list of common sentiments or write their own message. Plus, intuitive menu symbols make all functions accessible to non-readers.
Swapsies Jobs
Spinlight Studio
This app introduces careers in a lighthearted, positive way. Kids explore a world of possibilities as they try their hands at various trades in their very own virtual cities.
Learning Letters for Kids
Learning Colors for Kids
Learning Numbers for Kids 0-20
Pankratz.TK
No timers. No pressure. No penalty for incorrect answers! These 3 learning apps let children work at their own pace and receive immediate positive reinforcement and verbal praise for correct responses.
Tiny Flashlight + LED
Nikolay Ananiev
Featuring a torch, light bulb, flashing hazard and strobe, this utility app can be used for anything from navigating from the bedroom to the bathroom in the middle of the night, or simply reading comics under the covers.
KIDS match'em Pro
vomasoft
Kids work on their memory skills as they attempt to make matches of foods, monsters, vacation items, animals, vehicles or hats. The bright, colorful pictures provide visual cues and entertaining noises and offer auditory input to keep kids engaged while they play alone or with a friend.
ABCs
Five Pumpkins
Learning ABCs is as easy as, well, ABC with these virtual flashcards! Each flashcard contains a large font letter, phonetic pronunciation and a bright, colorful image. Kids just click on the letter or image to hear the corresponding audio.
Operation Math
Spinlight Studio
Equation invasion! Addition, subtraction, multiplication or division skills provide the clues to help kids solve spy missions. The real challenge: players only have one minute to solve simple math problems in order to complete each mission. Settings can be adjusted to keep learning on track and reduce frustration.
Touch Music Box
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Mini-musicians-in-the-making bang, poke and press on the screen to hear musical notes and see bright, colorful lines and dots. Touch the screen and it plays back the sounds touched, helping to promote cause-and-effect learning, while developing and refining fine-motor skills. Kids can even create their own original compositions with a touch of a finger!
Toys by Skill
General Information
All toys featured in the Guide are available at Toys''R''Us® stores nationwide and online. Click here to shop the toys featured in the Guide. You can also find a downloadable version in both English and Spanish by clicking here. Copies of the Guide are available at all Toys''R''Us® and Babies''R''Us® stores nationwide. To receive an email alert when the latest Guide becomes available online, click here. If you represent a special needs organization or are a special needs educator or therapist, you may email DifferentlyAbled@toysrus.com to receive copies in bulk free of charge for redistribution.

For media coverage and more information about the Guide, visit the Toys''R''Us Press Room.
All toys featured in the Guide are available at Toys''R''Us® stores nationwide and online. Click here to shop the toys featured in the Guide. You can also find a downloadable version in both English and Spanish by clicking here. Copies of the Guide are available at all Toys''R''Us® and Babies''R''Us® stores nationwide. To receive an email alert when the latest Guide becomes available online, click here. If you represent a special needs organization or are a special needs educator or therapist, you may email DifferentlyAbled@toysrus.com to receive copies in bulk free of charge for redistribution.

For media coverage and more information about the Guide, visit the Toys''R''Us Press Room.
Supporting the Special Needs Community
Toys"R"Us and the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund together proudly provide ongoing support
to organizations that advocate for children with special needs.