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Cerebral Palsy

Whenever possible, we gather feedback from our customers on how our toys are being used by children & adults with cerebral palsy in hopes of providing guidance for other special needs caregivers. We hope you find these "special perspectives" helpful as you shop for developmentally appropriate toys and games.

Mozart Magic Cube
"When my grandchild gets older, we will encourage her to use her weak side alone to activate the toy. It's exciting to press the buttons to play beautiful music and lights up offering a "reward" every time the buttons are successfully pushed. Right now we've been told to help her weak side play the music to show her that her right side is able to do things. Great to clap to music encouraging her to try to use both of her hands to clap as well."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"In the class room the children will ask for this sand as their free use of time before the iPads. this is huge, they seem to truly the relaxing nature of this flowing sand "

3D Feel & Find
"Can be made more simple or complex according to how many pieces you place in the bag. Can place similar pieces in the bag for more specific tactile discrimination. Can be used as simple one piece puzzles for younger/lower level functioning individuals. Can be used as a group or individual activity."

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"The kinetic movement of this sand was great for my students with a variety of disabilities."

Brio Magnetic Building Blocks
"Wonderful for working on cognitive concepts such as color sorting and block building. Also fantastic for working on different hand grasps. "

Color-Flap Mirror
"Good if the child or adult likes looking at themselves in a mirror. I am sure it will help with basic colors, verbally or by pointing when color is said, if child or adult understands. "

Y'all Ball Christmas Bank 'n Ball
"My twins both have special needs. Anything that encourages them to use their speech and requires them to interact with each other or others is a bonus! Plus, one daughter had a stroke and as a result has Cerebral Palsy. She functions pretty highly, but does have deficits. The ball helps with her gross motor skills and also with her fine motor skills with her weak right side. She has to be able to catch and throw it with her right side which is a real challenge for her. Also, she lacks fine motor skills really in both hands. Using the bank, I have her put coins in using one hand and then using the other. This helps with coordination and those fine motor skills she needs for writing. Actual therapy items are very expensive but items Fat Brain sells like this toy and so many other items are fun, affordable, educational, and provide therapies for my child, (and she does not even realize what I am doing!) "

Skwish Stix
"It is lightweight which makes it easy to use. The toy also pops back which allows my son to play with the toy himself creating a sense of independence for him."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"Great for break time between tasks, art therapy, calming aid for students with anxiety, 'fidget' for students who need to keep their hands busy to aid in concentration, OT support for students with fine motor deficits. "

Mozart Magic Cube
"I would like to see more products like this for special needs children with music and lights."

Tobbles Neo
"This toy is perfect for kids with coordination disorders or apraxia. Would be perfect for young children with hand tremors as the added weight would help to ground them."

Rubber Piggy Bank
"this item was light weight and small enough for my grandson to carry around even in his walking-assit equipment."

"Simple but fantastic! Used with children in Early Childhood Special Education program. Great for promoting hand strength, working on early language and speech sounds, maintaining attention and more. Love this toy!"

Firefighter Puppet
"Fantastic on all levels of visual, communication and personal interaction."

Dog Popper
"She just connected to it right away and enjoys playing with the dog popper."

Make A Face Magnet Set
"The child is able to make choices using a switch. You can present several choices of noses, eyes, etc and the child can identify which he would like. You can talk about body parts and label parts of the face. You can have the child identify and point to parts as you name them. Once faces are created, the caregiver can create stories between the faces. This adds a puppet like quality to the toy. The child has a magnetic easel that will be used to lay the pieces on so they are within his vision line. "

Magnetic Supermind
"The magnets make a huge difference in making this game more enjoyable for kids with special needs that have fine motor challenges. "

Multi-Solution Shape Puzzle - Bug
"The design of puzzle pieces with handles/knobs and a depth greater than the base facilitates easier use by physically challenged individuals. Bright colors are a plus. Sturdy wood pieces stand up to use by people with ataxia and poor motor control. The important factors are design and durability. "

Go Go Buddies Jazz-A-Snail
"The lights and movement was attractive to the children with autism in our church program."

C Major Diatonic Scale Set
"We will be using this as a rhythm and music activity with adults with disabilities. I plan to use flash cards with colored dots to indicate when each tube is played. I saw this method used with a bell choir and it worked well. The leader holds up cards, one after the other, and when the musicians play their instrument according to the colors shown, they end up creating a beautiful piece of music. I'm excited about using this instrument as part of our program."

Brain Food
"Great product for strenghtening hands for fine motor activities. Texture is great for sensory issues - very dry to touch - not wet feeling like other putty products. Can mold it or just pull apart and will eventually ooze back into original form. Very highly recommend for fine motor skills. My son has autism and will play with this product. Great mindless fine motor activity. Adults love to play with this as well!!"

"Seems to help with balance and motor skill development."

See & Spell
"Needs to be either marine quality paint on figures and letters or made of a polyurethane that will not deteriorate after extended use. Our grandson played so hard with it that some of the paint was already gone before the end of the day."

Light Show Stick
"This item can make a child feel a sense of accomplishment (and cause and effect) when it is something they can use by themselves. The button is large, easy to press and is right on the front of the handle for easy access."

"I have purchased many Steppers previously to use with my special needs classes. It is a wonderful tool for increasing gross motor skills and balance. Physical assistance can be provided by standing behind the child and it can be reduced as the child gains more skill. I also teach the students to pull the cord back through the stepper and place it into the stepper. They do this for both steppers and then put the two together. The whole process is increasing many skills (e.g. following directions, fine and gross motor skills, motor planning). One of the coolest things is that when my students are using the steppers, all of their typically developing peers see them 'having fun' and want to be in 'their class'. It is such a great therapy tool as well as a great reinforcer for doing "seat work" which isn't always the preferred activity."

Playable Art - Ball
"I believe that this would be perfect for an autistic child or a child with cerebal palsy that is not as severe as our grand daughter's case. We think someone should invent the same exact toy with magnetic qualities so that children like our grand daughter can just put them together in different ways, rather than trying to link them together. Can also be used to teach the concept of round, ball, etc. and for the primary colors. "

B. Piccolo Carousel Bells
"Although my son has limited motor skills, he will grasp the mallet for a little while and loves to hear the bells ring as someone spins the carousel. "

Ring Toss
"You can use just one ring. Place it closer to child. Have child drop it on - not throw it - such as child is higher than it."

C Major Diatonic Scale Set
"Use them during music and movement in a special needs preschool class. 12 students and 3 adults, we ALL love them!"

Boogie Board Protective Sleeve
"Unfortunately, my niece is unable to physically put this cover on or take it off."

"It is small enough that the students can handle the ant farm, and sturdy enough that we never had to worry about the lid. We chart the numbers of tunnels, the lengths, journal, learn about the jobs and how the ants work together (compare to classroom, and community jobs and the need to work together). We wrote creatively (some did storytelling that could not write and video taped it) about what is happening, what the ants are thinking watching us, what would their day be like, compared their ways of communicating without words to our ways of communicating without words. We always kept magnifying glasses handy for the kids to look and explore. Every day students from the mainstream popped in to see the changes as well. It doesn't matter what age or ability- there is so much to be learned and enjoyed from these ants. To adapt for mild/moderate visual impairments, I would put it under a document camera for the Smartboard so it can be blown up and seen in actual time."

Water Drums
"This is toy is great because it's a drum and comes with the sticks to use. It is a fun bath toy. It is very easy to use."

"Using the Bilibo to help increase balance and sense of motion. Our granddaughter will be three in August and will sit and spin herself around with her feet and will rock from side to side. She has been exploring and doing different things with it and that is all good. Hope it builds her self confidence and balance. She won't get on a swing we we hope to move to that activity in the future with motion and rocking she is doing in the Bilibo. It's pink, she loves pink and she is enjoying it. "

GOING Magic Light Ball - Large
"Good toy for discovering if the child can visually fix on the light in a darkened room"

16 inch Scooter with Handles
"This was great for having child sit or lay on it and push self around with hands!"

Tangle Therapy
"The Tangle Toy will help my son utilize both hands during play, which right now he only really uses his left hand. We also use the Bilibo toy to help my son with his spatial recognition and play. The Bilibo is good to let him sit in, and then drag him around the room this way he uses his core muscles to keep from falling out of the seat. We are using it as a way for him to stand on it and work on his balance, and I see us using it interactively with other toys as he gets bigger to run them underneath and around his Bilibo to incorporate it into his play. He is (actual age) 29 months old, but was born at 25 weeks, so he should be 26 months old. He is doing great for the most part, but has some developmental delays and it appears he may have some minor CP. "

Mozart Magic Cube
"In my nieces case, the larger the keys/buttons the better for her."

Personalized Name Puzzle
"This item will help child to recognize capital letters in his name, recognize name as a whole, and be able to put letters in correct order to spell name."

Fireworks Light Show
"Very easy to operate with a large handle that only requires a gentle squeeze to trigger firework noises and light. The dial is large and easy to turn. My sister loved it. She is scared of the dark, but was willing to dim the light so she could see the fireworks go off. "

Rhythm Music 6-Piece Set
"He has a weak left side. The toy is small enough for him to be able to use it easily. It is light and easy to use. He loves the pleasant sounds."

Solar System Floor Puzzle
"The large and sturdy pieces make it easier for my son to match the puzzle. After helping him put it together a couple of times he was able to work on it somewhat independently. "

Shape It! Sand 5 lb.
"Moon Sand is a versatile toy. It can be used on its own or with simple props, such as pails, cups, and shovels, etc. Kids of all abilities can enjoy playing with it. I am also able to use it to teach abstract concepts, such as full/empty and in/out. I can encourage pretend play by building different types of buildings or animals with it. "

Stomp RocketĀ® Junior
"Used it to get children to put more weight on an injured leg while picking up the other leg to kick it. It's a balance tool - children have to stand on one leg for a second. Have had children use their hands to also use it. It's good for hand eye coordination."

Skwish Classic
"Cause and effect-manipulated and beads slide and produce interesting sound. Color draws attention. Design provides for easy handling."

Tangle Therapy
"This individual does not like to be touched but seeks out items that are visually and tactile inviting to him. He has to have something in his hands at all time. By giving this to him, he is less likely to play with the seatbelt on his wheelchair. He has broken his nose several times by rocking in the wheelchair and unlocking his seatbelt. We are therefore encouraging him to use his hands in a more beneficial way."

Firefighter Puppet
" It is so hard to have my grandson get interested in playing with anything. We will not stay on one thing. At least when his Papa plays with one puppet, he plays with another puppet. They talk and carry on with a policeman and the fireman puppets. It is really hard."

Stomp RocketĀ® Junior
"This toy is being used almost daily in a speech therapist's office. A team approach is used, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy being done at the same time. The Stomp Rocket is of good value as a reward for a child having completed a difficult, less exciting task. It must be used with adult supervision. It's okay indoors if the ceiling is high enough, though better outdoors."

Little Helper Broom Set
"I mainly use the toy to work on crossing midline activities."

Spot It
"I actually enlarge the cards for my patients with visual impairments. I will also enlarge a card -cut it up into individual figures and present one figure to have the individual localize it on its card. Or I can show an individual picture (single item) and have the individual find it out of a figure ground demand of two cards next to each other... or two cards separated by 2 inches/3 inches/4 inches and the individual has to visually scan without moving their head....Or I can hold one card at a foot/2 feet/3 feet etc. away from the other card that is on the table and have a near-far demand which is what will be required for board to desk work in the future. I also will move a card in a horizontal/ verticle/ or rotational direction so that the individual will have to visually track the target as they transition from distance to near and back visual discriminations. Also I can show one item have the individual visualize it and take it away so now they have to use visual memory to localize on the card. There are many more ways to utilize these toys...it is the need of the individual and their level of availability that allows me to use my creative spirit and knowledge base to develop their visual perception, egocentric and sociocentric localization and utilization of toys as tools to learn. It allows us all to "not be captured by the disability but instead be available for the possibilty" of meaningful learning for our children and adults with special needs."

Make-Your-Own Monster Puppet
"This is a great two-handed toy for those with hemiplegia. It was recommended by our OT and has not let us down. I really encourages two-handed use and requires my son to use some strength to pull the pieces apart. "

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