Toys for Children with Special Needs

by Cheri Riehle When choosing toys for children with special needs, keep in mind that specially designed or modified toys are not always necessary.  For all children, toys are only props used in play, and the process of play itself is valuable for development of physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills. Too many toys can be overwhelming to any child.  Think back to your childhood days, when cardboard boxes became doll furniture or tunnels for cars.  There are many wonderful toys on the market; let your child use his or her imagination and creativity to develop ways of expanding play. Consider purchasing toys that are open-ended and allow play to be taken in different directions.  Dolls, car sets and art supplies are good examples of open-ended toys. Organize your child’s play area.   Divide toys into boxes or bins and continually exchange bins, rather than keep all toys out at once. Toys that have been put away for a while, seem…