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Vision Impairment

Whenever possible, we gather feedback from our customers on how our toys are being used by children & adults with vision impairment 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.

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."

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."

Alphabet Go Fish! Card Game
"We used it for letter recognition and the pictures for their word value. Keeping the pictures simple allows for less distraction as well."

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."

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."

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. "

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

Activity Books
"Our occupational therapist and speech therapist both use this book in their sessions."

Personalized Name Blocks
"The letter blocks are great for children with Autism in my opinion, as the children already see things from a unique perspective, the blocks give them control on how they choose to see the letter, without being wrong. The autistic world is so black and white, it's nice to throw in some color and not have it be anywhere close to the gray area we already avoid. The colors and options on each letter block also appeal to my Childs ADHD side as they can change them at will yet, the letter remains the same. Fidget away!! Explore and learn! So great! The texture is perfect for my tactile sensitive children. Smooth, and simple. Perfection in the shape of a square. "

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."

Checker Rug
"We set the playing rug on a big table with comfy chairs. This way grandpa can play. He is hard of hearing and hard of seeing, so this game gives him a chance to play with the kids, and beat his wife at something. Grandpa can also use giant print playing cards so he can beat us at poker, too. "

Highlights Sticker Fun Book - 4 book set
"I am an Occupational Therapist and I use it during my therapy sessions with many different children. To train their eye to look for the hidden picture, I have to sometimes show them a general area to look in to find the hidden picture."

Stepper
"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."

Ivan's Hinge
"Just wish it were bigger and more flexible along with bigger cards."

Playful Pets Wooden Jigsaw
"Purchased for my husband who had brain injury from a severe stroke. Using puzzles to re-learn problem solving, muscle control, meeting challenges/"

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

Ultra Stomp RocketĀ®
"Visually impaired child loved it and used it. Shot the rockets at the garage and basketball hoop. Tons of fun. "

Pat Bells
"The therapy clinic my daughter goes to uses this toy. She requested it for a birthday present. "

Argh!
"It is dificult for my son to maintain interest in anything for more than two minutes, so I was amazed that he liked it and wanted to do it again."

Tobbles
"This item was purchased for my special needs 6 year old daughter to work on stacking and sorting. She has visual impairments - so bright colors are great. She has low tone - so larger object for grasp is better than small objects. Large size bowl to stack each Tobble in allows her to be successful without having to be precise and so it provides motivation to keep going and makes my job as a parent trying to aid her with the toys that she plays with easier. "

Perplexus
"This is very good for hand/eye coordination and patience!"

Make A Face Magnet Set
"This particular product is very intuitive. Again, our use is different from the intended use because we are using it to teach genetics concepts but we see lots of children with special needs and not. All kids find this product very engaging and user friendly. Because it is hands on, it actually helps us to get the concepts over effectively with the magnet faces."

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. "

Pig Popper
"It's good for fine motor skills, hand and finger strengthening, tracking, eye-hand coordination. You can use it as a fun way to count, (how many times they shoot out the balls) for visually tracking to hit a target, or have them shoot the ball at letters or numbers and then identify the letter or number they hit. They can try to get the balls in a targeted area. There are so many ways to make it therapeutic and educational."

Stepper
"I purchased this product to help my child with the development of gross motor skills and depth perception. She also is a hyperactive child with a short attention span. Using these helped to expend a lot more energy than just her typical circling around the house. They also engage her thought processes and help her to focus on several tasks at once while she is walking on them (i.e., focusing on feet while pulling the ropes to help walk around)."

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

Straws and Connectors - 400 pc
"I am going to use the straw and connectors for my classroom which has children with special needs. Currently my own children are having too much fun. I wish they could have a similar, bigger set so the pieces wouldn't be a choking hazard. "

Solar System Floor Puzzle
"Puzzles with nature, and wildlife scenes appreciated. Brain injury wise, our son maintained his long term memory. He was 16 at the time of his accident. These puzzles work out well for Jeff. He has initiation deficit. Very few things he's able to stick with. Jeff will actually request to make a puzzle. They're easy for him to put together on our kitchen table. He's learning from them. The 1st time he makes a new one...help is needed. Afterwards, he's slowly able to figure them out by himself. "

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

Home Workbooks
"Between each number is about 3/4 of an inch to practice drawing the line. The pictures are large enough for her to figure out what it is supposed to be before she makes it. "

The JUMBO Grip - Metallic
"Good for helping all children with handwriting and pencil grip. "

Squap
"Squap helps children who have to develop stronger muscles in their eye functioning-teaming physical movement work with eyes."

Musical Hand Bells
"These work great. My daughter can play with them and then her sisters can play her a song. The bright colors draw her attention to them. The bells' handles are made so that she can easily grasp them."

Giant Playing Cards
"We didn't think about the size of the table that would be needed for playing solitaire with the Giant Playing Cards. I'd suggest considering the length of reach of the person who will be using them. If these cards were to be used in a game such as gin rummy, they might be difficult to hold for someone with small, weak, or arthritic hands. Perhaps a Giant Card Holder would be helpful. The cards are a little tricky to shuffle, but seem to get better with use."

AnimaLogic
"Some of the animals may be difficult to distinguish from each other by some children. I plan to add raised dots of glue (braille-like) to each species-type to assist with this."

Ybike
"Great item to focus on balance and strengthening of lower extremties. Also great for coordination and problem solving."

Wikki Stix Rainbow Pak
"Almost too many attributes to list."

Skwish Classic
"Bright and easy to use! Squish Classic kept her curiosity, usually she loses interest easily!"

Brain Food
"My son has low tone and needs strength in his hands and upper body. He uses different types of putty during therapy. We often hide things in the putty (poker chips, small stones, coins) and he has to find them by pulling and stretching. He then takes these objects and sorts them, or puts the coins into a bank to further work on his fine motor skills."

Wheely Bug
"My son just turned 7 but functions at about an 8 month old level. Until 3 weeks ago he very rarely moved his legs. His physical therapist put him on a scooter board and taught him how to use his legs to move it. He actually DID! My son has multiple things working against him so it has always been difficult to figure out what would be a good birthday/Christmas gift. When I found this I knew it was PERFECT! I talked to his P.T. and asked if she felt he would be able to use it and she loved it too! He's been resistant to use his legs on it because it takes more balance than he currently has but his P.T. has assured me this will be great for him once he gains more confidence. The fact that my son is legally blind causes him to be more nervous in new situations but I have no doubt that once he's use to using this he'll love it because he loves the scooter board already. I take the cow to his therapies twice a week for them to use with him as well as using it at home. I cannot wait for him to get his first taste of freedom to move around on his own!"

Giant Playing Cards
"Perhaps the face of the card can remain large but the size of the card can decrease?"

Roylco Animal X-Rays
"The visual quality of this product was helpful to her. She could see clearly the spine and other bone structures. The X-Rays are also very easy to handle, simply holding them up to a window gave the appearance of an office light."

Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks 40 Pcs
"I work with many disabled babies. There probably isn't anything better than large sturdy blocks for every developmental possibility out there."

Twilight Turtle
"Used for visual stimulation for a child that is quadriplegic and not verbal -but can make vocalizations when on his ventilator - he loves his turtles!"

Sensory Balls - Set of 4
"These balls are just the right size and texture for small or clumsy hands. I purchased them so that children with cerebral palsy can practice shooting into a low basketball net. They will work perfectly because they're easy to grasp, fairly light, and don't bounce (therefore easy to retrieve). They're also washable, and as far as I can tell do not have any holes and won't get water inside (haven't tested this hypothesis yet, though)."

Girder and Panel - 500 piece Plaza
"Girder and Panel only has a few different shapes of pieces. It is obvious by touch which piece can be used for which purpose, i.e. the beams are floor or wall beams, the windows are window. The toy is designed to be simple. It has unlimited play potential and promotes imagination. People with visual impairments can see how a building is constructed and what is required to make it structurally sound."

16-inch diameter EarthBall
"Our kids were able to compare countries around the world."

Wobble Deck
"Used by a kindergartener who was identified by school with balance issues... will also be used in working with school physical therapist. "

Playchute Parachute
"Our family holds it up and our son stands underneath. When it flows down, it drapes over him lightly and it helps with his sensory awareness. Since it is so bright, the colors intrigue him. He wants to touch it and even use it as a cape to run with. It is a little to big for that so we have to help him so he doesn't trip. He has learned colors by identifying them on the parachute as well as matching the colors and counting!"



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