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Developmental Delay

Whenever possible, we gather feedback from our customers on how our toys are being used by children with developmental delay 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.

ZeeBeez
"It is used to help develop hand strength, as it requires good gripping strength as well as force when turning it inside out. It is hard for our 5-year old to do, but he really enjoys the payoff!"

Magnet Levitation Kit
"I read the directions for the activity and then rewrote them with step by step directions with visual supports. I took out some of the less pertinent vocabulary and framed the experiment as goal-directed toward answering a question. For example, the magnet experiment was to determine what things are ferrous magnetic. I instead wrote two lists with blanks and had my kid walk around the house seeing what it would stick to (30 items total). Then we sat down and wrote next to each item what the item was mostly made of, and compared the lists to see what is magnetic and naturally arrived at "metal". My kid loved being investigative, having some independence, and having the sensory stimulation magnets naturally provide when you play with them."

Spin Around Kids
"Bright colors envoke the desire to use the items. The designs are simple, yet provide the perfect amount of "challenge" to keep my son interested and determined. He may see these items as toys, but they are slowly bringing him up to the levels of his peers on fine motor skills and sensory issues. "

16 inch Scooter with Handles
"We use this toy to practice occupational therapy exercises at home. It is very similar to the much more expensive tools that are used by our therapist at the gym."

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 "

Count Your Chickens
"I wrote up rules so that my students could see and work on the directions clearly. I made sure that they could match the pictures of the different animals (for the spinner) and made sure that they could identify the pictures. I held onto the baby chicks in two little baskets. I had many students who just wanted to move them and play so this helped contain them! Some students used visual wait cards to play and this worked well for helping them to take turns!"

Squigz
"Overall, the product is great. My child psychotherapy clients love playing with Squigs. One difference I would suggest would be the opening and closing of the container that the Squigs are stored in. It could be a bit challenging for small children to open with their little fingers. The container itself is also a little challenging to repack with the Squigs after dumping them all out."

Squigz
"Great for communication when the child needed help the first few times to push them together. We each held one and counted to 3 before we pulled them apart. I asked child for a certain colors."

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."

Fubbles No-Spill Bubble Tumbler
"Using Fubbles (blowing bubbles) helps to strengthen the muscles of the mouth and is a real asset for children with low tone and oral motor concerns. Promotes interaction, turn taking, spatial concepts, language development (vocabulary, requesting), problem solving. It is also a great incentive for completing other tasks!"

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. "

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"My autistic child is a teenager who will sit quietly and manipulate the sand through her hands with no interaction with others. Good tactile media product for self calming. She can squeeze it tight in her hands when frustrated, she seems to calm as the sand falls out of her fist. My child with chromosomal anomaly and schizophrenia plays with it in many ways, it is the best tactile media box we have had so far (definitely keeps her coming back). My child with sensory integration disorder loves to play with it, but after about 30 minutes, complains incessantly about it getting "sticky", she then quits playing with it. She does keep coming back though, because she discovered that she likes it cold. When it warms up, she is done. I will say, it never actually feels sticky to me, but I do notice that when she starts to complain, is when it starts to cling to skin more than itself. We just keep it in a cool place and put it away when it gets too warm."

Sensory Balls - Set of 4
"At this time, they are not utilized in any type of organized manner. The balls have been thoroughly enjoyed as free play items. They have been used to play monkey in the middle, rolled back and forth to one another, juggled, and just sitting with them - enjoying the feel of the ball! "

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablets
"We loved that this boggie board was recommended for fine motor skills. Our son loves to practice his writing and we love that it strengthens his fine motor skills!! "

Laser Pegs 3 Models in 1 ZippyDo
"Our son cannot stand independently but can tall kneel when given motivation and something to hold on to. This can be built to multiple heights promoting both. He can tall kneel while doing it, but often forgets he needs to hold onto something else to stabilize him. It falls pretty easily and I've toyed with the idea of taping some of the pieces together. Some pieces do not fit well together. It is great for stimulating fine motor skills, imagination, creativity, building skills, etc. However, one has to be patient when purchasing for small children. When it falls (and it has quite frequently for us) you are the one who has to put it back together! Other than that, it is a lot of fun and keeps their interest. "

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. "

Rush Hour
"My granddaughter was able to use some of the easier routes and designs to reach a successful conclusion of the game. Some of them don't take too long so she was able to maintain attention with little frustration. She really enjoyed the game."

NameTrain Letter Cars
"My son loves magnet things. we are not using these for the train thing so much. We are just putting the letters together to make his name. "

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."

Sturdy Birdy
"A lot of the poses require balancing on one foot, which my daughter can't do. For her, if she can do the pose with both feet on the ground and puts her arms and balances the bean bag where it's supposed to be, she passes. I am hoping that as she gets older, we can add the balancing on one foot part. Throwing the dice helps her cross the midline, setting up the boards on the stands helps with small motor skills, and playing the game helps with her attention span. It's active and fun and turns off the TV. I strongly recommend this game for kids with sensory integration disorders and balance/proprioception challenges."

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. "

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Great sensory product to encourage tactile exploration and also aids in calming."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"I use this product with many special needs students. It is a great sensory item. It can be used by children at all ability levels."

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

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"Great for arthritic hands..... good exercises for hand, the ability to mold into different shapes with hands."

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."

Squigz
"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!"

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Enjoy the touch and feel AND the visual. great way to physically describe sand and the beach without traveling or having the mess. "

Squigz
"The entire box of Squigz might be too much for a special needs child. Just give him or her two of the simplest ones that have only one sucker and invite them to explore the toy and how it might or might not stick to things (windows, doors, walls, the other Squigz)."

Kinetic Sand - 2.2 lb
"Great for creative play, tactile sensations, distinguishing various textures, finding hidden objects with hands or tools for fine and visual motor skills"

Bilibo Mini - 6 Color Combo Pack
"The Bilibo products encourage our daughter to strengthen fine and gross motor skills. The mini is lightweight enough for her to hold sitting in a chair or on a mat. Caution! They are dangerous when airborne though. It is also sanitary since it is so easy to clean which is especially great if there is frequent emesis. Overall, this toy is a favorite. "

Castle Molds - 8 pc
"This item works well with the Moon Sand. She calms down using sensory objects like these. It is soothing for her to feel the sand and build something."

Flag Frenzy
"My son loves toys that give him facts."

Kinetic Sand - 11 lb
"This child is very bright despite her physical limitations. The Kinetic Sand is a toy that can help develop better muscle tone and problem solving skills. She is eager to make friends and the larger box of sand will allow others to join in the fun."

Monkey Math
"Have to use this by SHOWING her and leading by example and walking her through it verbally & visually to give her sense of accomplishment & success in order to get her to continue it on her own, despite getting incorrect answers on the way. Seems good for her, since she has a very low frustration tolerance."

Knights & Dragon Toob
"Good for use in a sand box or a sand tray."

Retro Fisher Price Two Tune Television
"This was very useful in helping the child focus better by tracking and motivated the child with the music to clap hands and show excitement."

Basic Building Blocks - Extra Large Starter Set
"The item purchased is great for children and adults of all abilities. 1. Sounds the blocks make when they clank together-auditory 2. Different shapes to touch-tactile 3. Non toxic and large enough if placed in mouth-oral 4. Making architectural designs-visual and spatial 5. Storytelling-language 6. Pretend play-imagination 7. Balancing of blocks-fine motor"

Sea-Monkeys Original Instant Life
"Depending on disability, children may need some adult supervision."

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. "

Stack & Sort Board
"I think this item is good, the matching colors and shapes to make it easier for them to match."

16 inch Scooter with Handles
"Our occupational therapists uses the scooter board with my daughter lying on her belly on the board and using her hands to pull herself along a distance, picking up foam alphabet puzzle pieces on the way and putting them on the foam board puzzle she lies on her back while propelling along. Great for muscle strengthening her upper body & core and even more so for implementing her motor planning & following directions. LOVE IT!"

Bug Jug Fill & Spill
"Good for motor development and hand-eye coordination."

36 piece Barkless Tree Block Set in a Bag
"It was used by all children we serve. I did not observe any special accommodations needed for children to play with the blocks."

Language Cards - Nouns (Around the House)
"My son has autism and speech delay. These cards are a bit bigger and brighter than other types of cards I have bought for my son so I think that is why they catch his attention. They also encourage my son to use his words. I really love these cards and so does he!"

Roylco Straws and Connectors Jumbo Set - 705 pc
"Teaching cooperative social skills with kids who don't get it is really hard. These flexible straws are terrific for having the students take turns adding pieces to make a class project."

Hot Dots Jr. Kat the Talking Teaching Kitty
"Our speech delayed child is repeating the sayings the cat says along with some of the names of the pictures on the cards. Our MR child uses the kitty to find the correct answer and from the answer figures out what question was being asked. Knowing then what is being asked she can figure out how to read the sentence. Our Aspergers child loves the vibration. She will hit the correct answer 3 times till it vibrates. She doesn't like the light up eyes so she just turns it round so she can't see them. Our developmentally delayed child who tries to skip through everything and avoid reading has to slow down and sound out the words to the question. Since the kitty makes it fun their is no more fighting over reading. It is also helping him understand what he is reading. "



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