Finding toys appropriate for the developmental levels of kids with special needs can be a challenge for parents. Therefore, I was encouraged to hear that Creative Kidstuff has partnered with St. Davids Center for Child & Family Development to better serve our families. Sunday Stilwell who blogs about special needs at Adventures in Extreme Parenting put me onto the company’s initiative. After reading what she wrote, I did some investigating on my own.
Creative Kidstuff Questions for Parents of Kids with Special Needs
According to the Creative Kidstuff website page dedicated to toys for children with special needs, these questions posted online are also asked by in-store staffers:
- What is your childs preferred activity level (does he or she like quiet play or busy play)?
- How does your child respond to lights, sounds or touch?
- Can your child imitate actions and/or sounds?
- Does your child use his or her hands together to manipulate objects?
- How does your child communicate?
- Does your child like to pretend?
- Does your child enjoy a variety of sensory experiences (playing in water, getting messy)?
- Does your child have a short or average attention span?
Creative Kidstuff Special Needs Skill Categories
The website also categorizes toys, chosen by specialists from St. Davids Center to enhance the play and development of children with special needs, in the following categories:
- Social engagement and interaction
- Emotional development and regulation
- Creative thinking and imaginative play
- Sensory motor development
- Cognition and problem solving
- Tips for playing with your child
- St. David’s Center favorites
To learn more about the Creative Kidstuff/St. David’s Center partnership and to browse the categories, visit the Toys for Children with Special Needs page at the Creative Kidstuff website.
Do You Have Experience with Creative Kidstuff Toys?
Have you had experience with Creative Kidstuff stores? What was it like? Which of their toys for kids with special needs to you recommend? Leave a comment about Creative Kidstuff or other toy companies that cater to parents of kids with special needs.