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I Know What Causes Autism Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TOPICS | Special Needs

Fat Brain Toys constantly recieves questions and feedback from parents dealing with children or grandchildren on the specturm. As toy experts we have seen so many success stories of Play therapy with children on the autism spectrum. But we also realize that each child is so unique that there is no correct answer when it comes to play and autism.  I think that is why we enjoyed this piece from Carrie Cariello, the mother of a child on the autism spectrum. Let us know your story and make sure to check our our Special Perspecitves section devoted to Autism, for unique customer perspectives and reviews. 

REPUBLISHED FROM CarrieCariello.com

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Fat Brain Friend Dr. Z Receives National Recognition for Helping Kids Without Hands Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TOPICS | Special Needs

Sometimes there is just a better answer out there. Dr. Z a friend of Fat Brain Toys has found a better answer for children without hands. Make sure to checkout the inititive's (Cyborg Beast) home page here


A Creighton University professor is receiving national recognition for developing a mechanical hand to help children with limb deficiencies.

Jorge Zuniga’s Cyborg Beast was named one of MSN’s best inventions of 2014. The $50 device is meant to offer families an affordable alternative to high-end prosthetics.

The NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation have donated to the project. It is still in research ... (click here to read more)

Special Font Designed to Help Dyslexics Read Posted Friday, January 23, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs

A font created by a dyslexic designer could potentially bring relief to the up to 20% of the U.S. population who experience symptoms of dyslexia.

The typeface, called Dyslexie, better distinguishes letters that are often confused by dyslexics and slows them down while reading. Developed in 2008 and first released in English in 2011, the custom font is receiving renewed attention while on display at the Istanbul Design Biennial, The Guardian reports.

The font's creator, 30-year-old Christian Boer, describes Dyslexie's features as "a heavy base line, alternating stick/tail lengths, larger-than-normal openings, and a semi-cursive slant."

According to his website, Boer developed Dyslexie as a thesis project at the Utrecht Academy of Art. ... (click here to read more)

12 Ways Pediatric Therapists Use Squigz Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TOPICS | Parenting | Education | Special Needs

We get asked all the time what is the best way to play with Squigz? Although an open-ended building toy at heart we have discovered that customers all over the country are using Squigz in the most amazing ways. One example is our friends from Brightsong, LLC a leading provider of therapy and education services for children and their families in the Greater Memphis area. They sent us this great blog on how they use Squigz with children in their practice.

Squigz. Have you heard of these great toys from Fat Brain Toys? We bought some in December and they have been a HUGE hit at the Brightsong clinic with the children and the therapists. These toys are made of silicone and have suction cup ends which stick together ... (click here to read more)

Special Needs Toys And Angela's Holidays Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Special Needs

Having a special needs family member can be both and exhausting job and a joyous experience. Especially during the holidays time! I still find it so amazing that my sister, Angela, believes in Santa Claus.

It is something that my whole family appreciates. Has she ever been told that Santa doesn't exist? Yes, she has; however, she quickly reminded them, "How in God's green earth do you think everyone gets presents?" Those are her words exactly. Since that time, not even the younger children of the family have ever made her think twice about questioning if Santa Claus is real or not. Yes, we've had discussions about how the Santa Claus' at the mall aren't real, but are Santa's helpers so he can have the time to visit everyone while he finishes preparing for his magical ... (click here to read more)

Ollie Egr and the TRUE Meaning of Christmas Posted Friday, December 19, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Special Needs

Being a toy company, we understand better than most the meaningful impact that a toy can make on the life of a child. But this holiday, that impact has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to a local, eight-year old boy.

In the days leading up to Christmas, most children are preoccupied with visions of ripping into all the gifts that will soon arrive courtesy of Santa Claus. But in the nearby town of Yutan, Nebraska, Oliver Egr awoke last week with a different kind of vision. He explained to his mother that he wanted to raise money so that he could buy toys for less fortunate kids in his area.

In my experience, that kind of selflessness is rare for adults, much less an eight-year old child. But wait, there's much more to this story. 

Ollie is impaired with a ... (click here to read more)

Fat Brain Toys Highlighted in Parents Magazine OT-Approved Gift Guide Posted Thursday, December 4, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Special Needs

Fat Brain Toys prides itself on being Toy Experts. When pediatric occupational therapists support your beliefs in the kind of toys you create and support it makes it all worth it!  That is why we love this excerpt from Megan Corridan, a pediatric occupational therapist, who listed some great Fat Brain Toys in her holiday gift guide!  Check out her list here:

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