Thursday, August 21, 2014

Toys for Differently-Abled Kids

This year, Toys "R" Us celebrates their 20th year printing the Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. This year's guide feature MLB player Albert Pujols. Albert's daughter has down syndrome, and he has been a big advocate for awareness and advocacy for this disability (in addition to impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic). I have a special place in my heart for Albert and his foundation, as I attended graduate school in St. Louis, when he still played for the Cardinals, and saw his support and presence in the community.

This Toy Guide is a great resource for families! It breaks toys into categories including: auditory, creativity, fine motor, gross motor, language, self esteem, social skills, tactile, thinking and visual.  Toys "R" Us allows further break down of the toys (on the website), into age range, gender, brand, price and availability for shipping/store pick up! Added bonus: 10 recommended apps, with the same key that the toys are categorized into.

They toys that are included in the guide, are toys that are commonly found at a Toys "R" Us store, but are categorized into areas that a parent may hear a therapist talk about. Included in the "behind the scenes" video, two parents were interviewed about the guide, and both stated that they were able to give friends and relatives the guide, and point out which sections would be best to chose from for their child. How empowering for those parents!

To view the Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids click here.

Watch the Albert Pujols Behind the Scenes video:

Click here for Albert's foundation
Pujols Family Foundation


Shelly is pretending summer isn't over in two weeks!

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