Educational and developmental toys are not enough to enable a child with special needs. But, you can easily help your child learn through play. As an instance, blowing toys can help to overcome language delay or sensory toys to overcome touch reluctance in a child on the autistic spectrum.
Learning to Play
Children do the majority of their learning through play so Kids With Special Needs can be immediately disadvantaged if their play skills are diminished.
Children on the autistic spectrum often lack a natural interest in play and will need additional help to learn to play. The restricted social abilities in autistic children and some other special needs kids make it difficult for them to accept social interaction during play.
As a parent of a child with a severe speech delay and a child with disabilities, I understood the value of play and was especially mindful of the value of drama based language development.
Using developmental toys
The first step in initiating play with a child with special needs is to get your child’s interest. Often they have to be drawn away from their solitary play or their favoured activity. This requires a toy that’s of interest – it doesn’t need to be a professional developmental toy. Visit http://www.zee.com.sg/school-readiness/, focuses on Readiness Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Language and Communication Skills, and much more.
Once you get your child’s attention you then need to hold their attention long enough to give them enough of an opportunity to practise the activity and get to enjoy it – both of which will build confidence and finally mean that they will want to do it again.
Cause and effect toys for children with special needs
Toys are really good because a child will quickly learn that if he does something something else will happen – press the button and a light comes on, or a character pops up or as with the Sound Puzzle Box where if a shape is properly inserted into the right hole it makes a squeaky sound.