April 6, 2010

Toys 'R Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

What does "differently-abled" mean?
We use the term "differently-abled" to stress that all children have unique skills and abilities.
Why was the Guide created?
Toys"R"Us founder Charles Lazarus heard from customers and store associates about the challenges of finding appropriate toys for the special needs children in their lives. As a result, in 1994 Lazarus spearheaded the creation of the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Since then, Toys"R"Us, Inc. has published the Guide every year, distributing it in stores and, since 2006, making a digital copy available.
Who uses the Guide?
Anyone who knows and loves a child with special needs will find the Guide to be a valuable resource. Since its inception, thousands of parents, relatives, friends and professionals have relied on the Guide to help them determine which toys are suitable for a child's particular abilities.
How are toys selected for inclusion in the Guide?
Toys"R"Us works with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that evaluates hundreds of toys based on specific criteria during therapeutic play sessions to identify toys that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. The National Lekotek Center carefully reviews hundreds of products, selects those with exceptional qualities and writes descriptive copy highlighting the features that make the items suitable for children with special needs. For nearly 30 years, the National Lekotek Center has provided therapeutic play services to thousands of children in dozens of centers across the United States. As a result of this expertise, the organization has become the leader in determining appropriate toys for children with unique abilities. You can learn more about the National Lekotek Center by visiting www.Lekotek.org.
(click HERE for more on the Toys "R" Us Website)

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