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

Jacob's Ladder
"My granddaughter has Down Syndrome, likes repetition and swinging things like her toy stethoscope and beads. I wanted to get her something that she might be more stimulated by and that she would reach for instead of the usual items she finds to keep her busy. She picked this up and found it unusual and easy to flip the little wooden pieces back and forth. She appears to be amazed at how it works and played with it for quite a while before putting it down, which she did because it was her birthday and had other presents to open. The toy itself amazes me, so I found it very encouraging that she spent any amount of time with this as she doesn't like any toys for very long. Her mom says she is still playing with it, which is very encouraging. I would definitely recommend this for a special child. "

"A fabulous item to help a 2 year old Down Syndrome child (who is not walking yet) develop body awareness and experiment with balance. ...use on carpet, at least until they get the hang of it!"

"My grandson can not walk but with this he can get around very easily."

Balancing Monkeys
"I usually use this as a first then exercise to work on the fine motor 'pinching' grasp. It was not everyone's favorite game so a preferred followed to ensure completion. It works well if you sing the 8 little monkeys swinging on a tree song. This works on numbers and speech. Setting it up requires communication which is wonderful as well. The precision needed is moderate to high, depending on age. Used with age 2-7 with low gross and fine motor abilities. Great practice, quick set up and and take down. This game can also be finished in 5 minutes if it is behaviour you are working on. There is no end that needs to be achieved and therefore you can make your own goals (put up 2,3,4 or all of the monkeys). You can also add this to any preferred game by having children place one monkey in the tree before their turn or every 2 minutes of their preferred play. Many uses, creative and simple. Some kids even liked playing with the monkeys in a doll house, with cars, or in the bath (not recommended as they seem to absorb the soap.!) "

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."

Kaos Tie-Not Portable Water Balloon Pump
"My 6 year old son with Down syndrome can help his older sisters pump this toy. It requires some strength, so is a good motor strengthening activity. He'll eventually be able to tie balloons, I'm certain, but for now needs assistance. Who doesn't love a water balloon toss?!"

"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."

Baby Stella Tickled Pink Armoire
"For eye hand manipulation, foster care, speech, life skills."

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 daughter loves Kinetic Sand! Because she can get messy with it, we keep it in a large, flat storage bin that she can play in without making a mess. "

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. "

Mini Newspaper Dot-to-Dot Books
"Brother with Down Syndrome and the grandsons really like to play with this type of item."

Dado Squares
"Great for fine tuning hand and eye coordination for all ages. Kids can start to build, leave, and come back to it. Works well for Fine motor skills."

Pig Popper
"Easy to use. Good for promoting hand strength."

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."

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

Straws and Connectors - 400 pc
"It is hard to find age appropriate toys for a 10 year old at times and this is a great option. Very adaptable into what you need by making straws smaller or as is. Also color recognition and matching skills. My son also can copy our designs or make his own. Easy to build in communication activities also."

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!!"

Chimalong Deluxe
"Able to advance from colors to the numbers."

Find It - Kids Edition
"The Down Syndrome child loves things that spin and are bright and can make noise. So if I can find stuff like that he is happy. For an Autism child - it keeps him busy and that really helps."

"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
"Both of the children love brightly colored objects and BALLS are always a favorite both of them are drawn toward."

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."

Numbers Sound Puzzle
"I am just getting into the area of trying to provide stimulating and educational items for a four year old downs syndrome child. In searching the internet, your company seemed to offer the most."

Big Box of Sorting & Classifying
"I will use for students in individualized speech therapy sessions- I will have them sorting pictures into categories, then naming more pictures that fit into those categories, looking at pics and naming categories,and looking at pictures and talking about similarities and differences. Also, since this has so many pictures I will use it in group activities."

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

Personalized Name Puzzle
"Hallie is 7 yrs old and non verbal. She likes the bright colors of the letters and likes to put them into their correct place."

"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."

"Great for motor planning and overall muscle strengthening in the context of a fun activity."

Stash Multi-room Organizer
"We've worked on putting things like crayons in the different sized circles: following verbal directions, differentiating the different sizes, sorting different colors and since we have it hung on the wall, our son has to stand up every time he puts something in or takes something out which strengthens his legs and hips (it's kinda like doing squats)."

Clutching Color Whirligig
"I purchased this toy for my one year old newly adopted granddaughter with Down Syndrome. Having been in an orphanage, she has had almost no access to toys until very recently. I felt the bright colors would interest her and the spinning edges would encourage her fine motor skill development. She likes it and as expected, has some difficulty holding on to it. With practice, I think it will be one tool to improve her fine motor skills as she has to grip the edges to keep playing with it."

8 ct. Washable Dry-Erase Crayons
"We are a school district servicing a wide range of children including children with special needs. These crayons are great because they are a little more fat than other crayons and wiping them off takes a little bit of effort. "

Sturdy Birdy
"The Sturdy Birdy game can be adapted to make it easier. I thought it would be a great game because you need to use core muscles to be able to balance. My grandson really seems to enjoy the game with modifications to fit his abilities. "

Twig Modern Building Blocks
"Twig helps with hand and eye coordination. I have used this toy to help my daughter identify colors. It also helps with problem solving and learning to put shapes together. "

Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set
"Use of the item is the same as other kids but this does allow my niece to improve manipulating items with her hands. This is an area of focus for her. She loves them!!"

USA Map Sound Puzzle
"It may be easier to manipulate with fine motor skills if it were a knob puzzle- so that a child with special needs could pick up pieces more easily."

Stomp RocketĀ® Junior
"Great for Down's Syndrome kids. Assists with hand-eye coordination -putting the rocket on correctly, Balance -jumping on the pump to make the rocket shoot, and then watching to see where it landed and running to get it -good exercise. Easy to learn how to use. Easy to put together."

Rody Horse
"Helps promote balance and coordination. "

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."

Band in a Box
"I wish the tamborine could have been a little heavier so when using it the child would have to use more muscle strength to hold it. Otherwise great!"

Techno Gears - Marble Mania Alpha
"It is wonderful, the children's curiosity really comes out with this product. It is one item that can keep children entertained who struggle with long attention spans."

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. "

Shape It! Sand 5 lb.
"Great for measuring and creating I spy in sand. We used it in the water table."

Basic Skills Boards
"Great for developing fine motor skills and life skills such as dressing and undressing. The buttons, zippers, etc. are a little small and difficult to manipulate. It helps reinforce things learned in occupational therapy."

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."

Ocean Wave Drum
"I struggle to find toys that interest and engage my 6-year old with Down Syndrome and autism. I look for toys that she is capable of using by herself. This drum is great for her. It taps into her love of music and rhythm but adds the visual component of the rolling beads. It is simple enough for her to play with by herself, but she also has fun playing to music or while we sing with her. I really like the cross-sensory stimulation of this toy!"

Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks 40 Pcs
"My son is very orderly and systematic. He likes to line up objects like DVD cases. The blocks encourage him to attempt to stack the blocks vertically so he can blow or knock them down! DEEP DOWN HE IS A TYPICAL BOY!"

GOING Magic Light Ball - Large
"This can help with object permanence. The ball can be put under a light cloth and if the child cannot find it, then turn it on to give them a hint. We've been using it for gross motor skills of course, but also have started hiding it and giving directional words for the child to find it."

The Original Pocket Farkel
"Used for small groups of Special Education students for social skills/math related from upper elementary through HS."

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