Tips for Buying Toys

Toy Buying Tips for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

Prepared by the National Lekotek Center

Selecting a toy for a child with special needs can be overwhelming. That is why Toys“R”Us has worked for more than two decades with the National Lekotek Center to develop the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an inclusive resource for families with children of all abilities.

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Assistive Technology for Autism

What is AT? 

According to the United States Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (AT) refers to any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Common AT includes screen magnifiers, large-key keyboards, alternative input devices such as touch screen displays, over-sized trackballs and joysticks, speech recognition programs, text readers, and so much more.

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Photo showing what a visual schedule could look like for a child with autism