Toys “R” Us launches 2010 edition of Toy Guide for autistic, developmentally disabled and disabled children

Toys “R”Us, Inc. has released the 2010 edition of the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an easy-to-use toy selection resource that can help parents of children with special needs select toys that develop skills through the power of play.

This year, actress, author, philanthropist and mother of a son with autism, Holly Robinson Peete appears on the cover, along with Tommy Austing, a 6-year-old boy from Los Angeles. Released annually, the guide is available in Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores nationwide and online, in English and Spanish, at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. The largest edition ever, this year’s guide has increased to 60 pages and features an expanded assortment of online offerings that are available through the company’s website.

For nearly 20 years the guide has assisted parents, family, friends and caregivers by providing qualified toy recommendations to help aid in the skill development of children who have physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. To help parents select the perfect playthings for their children, all toys featured in the guide are associated with icons that show parents which skills can be developed during playtime.

via TRU launches 2010 edition of Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids – 2010-08-25 13:40:57 | Playthings.

Play improves social skills in kids with autism: study

CHILDREN with autism who attend weekly playgroups have improved development and social skills, a study has found, supporting the inclusion of children with autism into mainstream education.

The study, by national peak body Playgroup Australia, shows 80 per cent of the families who took part in the groups designed for autistic children reported an improvement in their children’s social development. It found a lack of play can aggravate social isolation for children with autism, hindering their transition to school.

via Play improves social skills in kids with autism: study | The Autism News.