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Holiday Gift Guide

As the holiday season quickly approaches, caregivers and parents of children with special needs are considering what new toys, games and learning tools are appearing on the market and which of those might be a good fit for their child. To help families through their toy purchasing decisions, EP’s editors have compiled a selection of some new products as well as some classic choices, each of which offer fun ways to improve motor skills, balance, […]

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Tactile And Sensory Gift Guide

Children can use tactile and sensory toys for calming themselves, reducing stress, promoting focus and concentration, and increasing tactile awareness, all while keeping fidgeting fingers busy! Fidget and sensory objects are great for all children and young adults, but especially those with ADD/ADHD, OCD, autism, or high anxiety levels. These toys help promote a sense of calm, lower anxiety and can increase focus and attention. Below we have compiled a selection of some new products […]

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Games And Puzzles Gift Ideas

Helping your child with special needs use their play time to the most benefit can be tricky. Try a little fun instead, using focus games to stretch their attention span. Puzzles are a fantastic tool for your child’s mind and cognitive development. Additionally, many types of games help children develop new social cues and skills and come to terms with the idea of right and wrong. Best of all, board games allow you to spend […]

Fine Motor Skills Gift Ideas

Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscles, usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers, with the eyes. Controlling smaller muscle movements can often present big challenges for children with special needs. Developing fine motor muscles is an essential first step towards holding a pencil, learning to dress, and much more. We feature toys that are designed specifically to help kids develop their finger muscles and their hand-eye coordination. Below we have compiled […]

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GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

Big muscle movements, also called gross motor skills, involve a variety of areas of the body and specific aspects of their use. Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements, such as running, crawling and jumping. Development of these skills result in postural control, coordination, strength, balance, and bilateral coordination (both sides of the body working together). Toys that emphasize these movements help […]

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FUN2GO TANDEM

The Fun2Go Tandem is a side-by-side, three-wheel tandem tricycle in which the users ride tandem and sit beside each other, designed for use by organizations, institutions, and individuals who want to provide social contact and movement for a person with a disability by cycling outdoors. One person steers, and both can pedal. Riders can easily adjust the seat to the required distance with a lever. There is also an optional electric engine to assist a […]

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I Can Have Conversations With You!

I Can Have Conversations With You!™ is an app for learners with autism, PDD, Asperger’s syndrome, or social (pragmatic) communication disorder who are ages 6 and up. It is designed to help children with conversation and social skills. The app provides a unique solution to parents who want to empower their child to initiate, understand, and participate in conversations. This easy-to-follow, self-explanatory program, engages the learner’s interest within a fun, supportive environment so that learning […]

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MATCH & FIND BY SPECIAL IAPPS

Match & Find by Special iApps is an interactive game to help develop memory, matching, searching, and sequencing skills. Designed to be accessible to children with learning disabilities, this app is also suitable for typically developing learners. It can be used with an accessibility switch. Six different activities are included, with their own settings so the app facilitator can adjust the level to suit the user’s ability. Teachers and therapists can use this app to […]

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EARLY CHILDHOOD BREAK BOX

Early Childhood Break Box is a box full of educational toys and therapy tools, designed for young children and meant to engage those persons with autistic traits or Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder or any students who cannot sit still. The box is geared toward preventing disruptive behavior by integrating the sensory motor activities throughout the day. Assists in self-regulation in order to develop the ability to calm down, channel energy, and focus for […]

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STINGRAY

The Stingray is a pediatric wheelchair designed for use by children with limited lower extremity strength and coordination associated with cerebral palsy, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Its adjustments, comfort, and lightness of steering are keywords for this wheelchair. The Stingray offers a 180 degree turn able seat – even with a child seated. This seat allows the parent or caregiver to make a variety of angle adjustments to support the child needs. Size: 1 […]