AblePlay Blog

Six Developmental Toys for Your Child’s First Toy Box

Posted on October 27, 2015

Welcoming a new baby into your life is an exciting and sometimes confusing time full of equal parts laughter and late nights. Preparing for a child involves a lot of logistics, including baby furniture, clothes, various baby products ranging from tubs to teethers, and of course…toys. One aspect that is not to be overlooked is play products for young infants. Why does a child need to play? Source: Friendship Circle Special Needs Resource Blog, October 2015

Out with the Old, In with the New

Posted on October 21, 2015

Kids are not the only ones who have to clean up their rooms. Twice a year the National Lekotek Center rolls up our sleeves, flexes our muscles, puts down our toys and well…we pick up more toys. We do all of this because we want to share with our Lekotek affiliates across the U.S.A. and it just might be the most fun heavy lifting in the history of humanity!

10 Halloween Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs

Posted on October 20, 2015

Halloween can be a fun time, but it also has an element of scariness about it for both kids and their parents. Here are ten tips to make sure your child enjoys this holiday and stays safe at the same time.

Toying With Learning

Posted on October 9, 2015

It’s that time of the year again! Kids are back in school. Backpacks are zipped, pencils are sharpened, but there is one more thing that needs to be added to the shopping list. Toys! Toys can help children develop basic skills upon which almost all early childhood education rests; skills from reading and math, to social awareness and manners. These critical areas will set your child up to not only thrive inside the classroom, but enjoy learning too! Source: Parenting Special Needs, September/October 2015

Science in the World Around Us

Posted on July 22, 2015

If you look at the world around you, you will see that science is literally EVERYWHERE. But it’s not just you. Through exploring, questioning and wondering, kids learn and satisfy their natural curiosity, which is why kids ask so many questions! When a baby takes his first glimpse at the bright world, his senses are stimulated by the environment around him. Through touch, sight, taste, smell and sound he is discovering how the world works.

Fun Along the Way to Adulthood

Posted on July 22, 2015

Whether a child puts on a white coat to give her dolls a wellness check or uses an old briefcase to hold all his "important" coloring books, being a grown up looks mighty fun to little ones. Pretend play teaches kids beginning life skills and feeds their imagination. Source: Parenting Special Needs, July/August, 2015

New AblePlay for You Today:

Posted on July 17, 2015

With a new philosophy—that toys and play are for kids of all abilities—comes a new price! We have restructured our AblePlay pricing to better serve the toy industry, and in turn help retailers and consumers when selecting toys. AblePlay evaluations provide unparalleled information about products to help children of all abilities reach milestones through toys and play. Here is what our price restructure means for a toy manufacturer:

Healthy Solutions for Focus & Fuel

Posted on July 8, 2015

We applaud inventive companies that are coming up with innovative and fun ways for kids to lead healthier, more productive lives. This article will explore creative product approaches for fiddling fingers, active feet and festive foods.
Source: Parenting Special Needs, May/June, 2015

InCARceration

Posted on July 8, 2015

Spring break and the onset of summer prompts families to pack up the car, roll down the windows and take a road trip adventure. Many families plan vacations to help kids learn about new places and gain new experiences. The great news is that the destination travel time can be packed full of learning opportunities too. Source: Parenting Special Needs, March/April, 2015

Digital Dialogues

Posted on July 8, 2015

Word-of-mouth is simply stated—when someone shares something interesting with another person.  Today word of mouth is intrinsically linked to social media and digital dialogues. 

There are certain communities that have embraced word-of-mouth platforms early in their evolution for various reasons. One such community was families of children with special needs. What social media is so incredibly adept at doing is linking a group together regardless of geography.

The reason this platform is so perfect for families of kids with special needs is that they have unique concerns and an online platform gives them a unique opportunity to find a broader knowledge-base for solutions to the challenges they face.

Those same parameters apply equally well to specialty store retailers. Yes, you are unique! As small business owners with a sense of community, you are in essence more than a retailer, you are a resource. And the most imperative thing you can do to support the community you are a part of is to SHARE. Sharing is where word-of-mouth along with the entire gamut of social media opportunities come into play.

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