American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

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Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs

According to the US Census, 1 in 20 school-aged children or 2.8 million kids are reported as living with a disability. Children with disabilities are just like any other kids when it comes to learning through play, they just need a little help connecting.

This electronic handbook is written for anyone who makes or sells toys and has the desire to learn more about toys that meet the needs of children with disabilities. It summarizes characteristics of common disabilities and the types of toys that work well for children living with those disabilities, providing a helpful framework that you can use to effectively guide your customers in their toy buying decisions.

In this guide you'll find:

  1. Tips for assisting customers with disabilities and their families
  2. General information about some of the most common disabilities for children and the toys that best suit the children living with them
  3. Appropriate language to use when interacting with and speaking about children with special needs


Digital Copy
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Digital Publication