Toys are amazing teaching tools for kids in how they develop important lifelong skills in a safe and enjoyable way. The right toys can even help those with special educational needs overcome their difficulties in specific learning areas! Our team of Educational and Developmental Psychologists have hand selected specialist toys for Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia, that are scientifically demonstrated to support healthy development.
Toys for Autism
Kids with autism often feel overstimulated by loud, electronic toys and prefer tactile sensory stimulation, as it calms their nervous system. It’s also believed that it’s good to have toys for Autism that enable open ended play and/or promote high-interest areas.
Clever Chook Multi-Sensory Games Kit
Toys for ADHD
Kids with ADHD likewise benefit from simple, uncomplicated toys that allow for open ended play, while also keeping their hands and/or bodies occupied.
Handmade Wooden Bow and Arrow Toy
HABA Terra Kids Boomerang
The WeDo Game Family Edition
Toys for Dyslexia
Kids with dyslexia will benefit from toys that focus on learning about letters and numbers in a fun way!
What’s the Time Mr Wolf? – Orchard Toys
Magic Maths Game – Orchard Toys
There are a few toys that are ideal for more then one class of special educational need…
A Penny For Your Thoughts (The Game)
This is a gentle, structured and beautifully engaging approach to explore challenges and emotions with children aged 3 and older. It includes 80 hand-illustrated cards that help kids to construct narratives which identify and talk about their feelings/experiences and teach skills that build confidence, help solve problems, and increase emotional connection. The game’s simplicity, interactivity and use of common written language (with accompanying visual aids) makes it great for all sorts of special educational needs, and really any kid!
Miniland Aptitude Activity ABC 123 Suitcase
This activity set is packed with learning material and is perfect for threading and learning letters and numbers all at once! It includes 27 letters, 10 numbers, 20 activity cards and 10 cords that are used to develop early reading, writing, spelling, counting and fine motor skills. This quiet activity keeps little hands busy while developing essential language skills, and is even rated as a qualified product for children with special educational needs!
Uncle Goose Braille Blocks
Uncle Goose Blocks are exceptional in their speciality themes and handcrafted embossed features. These Braille Blocks include 28 blocks, each one devoted to a single letter of the alphabet, and encourage cognitive development, sensory engagement, and letter, alphabet and word recognition. This classic children’s toy is great for simple open ended play and high interest areas, while also enabling tactile learning and the development of early language skills.