All kids love playing with toys but for some children it’s more difficult because the buttons may be too small, out of reach or the toy too complicated for them to understand.
These children may find switch adapted toys, were the on/off is controlled by a larger, accessible switch, more suitable. Parents and carers may find their child is more motivated, more attentive and focused when given the opportunity to play with an adapted toy they themselves can operate.
Watch how the kids at the KoolKidz Nursery use adapted toys to help develop their language skills.
At Excitim we produce a range of switch adapted musical plush toys we call ‘talking, singing, dancing toys‘ and in 2009 they were awarded the “Overall Winner” status in the “Inclusive Play” section of the Good Toy Guide 2009.
Before any toy can be listed in the Good Toy Guide it must be tested in several different environments – toy libraries, family homes, schools, children’s hospice’ and a variety of children’s clubs in age appropriate settings by children with a wide range of abilities, social backgrounds and preferences.
Excitim’s toys include switch adapted toys produced for young children with special needs. Our sensory toys are suitable for blind and partially sighted, deaf and hard-of-hearing and young children with other special needs. Unsure? Check out our ‘Choosing Sensory Toys‘ page.
To learn more about switch adapted toys visit the Special Needs Toys website.