It’s Black Friday! If you’re like me, you are home, probably still in your pajamas with zero plans of getting in the car and going anywhere today. Or, you could be one of those thrill seekers – car gassed up, list in hand and running shoes on, ready to tackle other shoppers for the best-priced gifts of the season. To you, I wish luck. If you are still wondering, however, what to get the child in your life who has special needs, look no further. AblePlay is a toy rating system that reviews toys for special needs children and passes on the information to you through their web site.
Through research, reviews and a five-star rating system, AblePlay makes it fast and easy for parents, family and friends to find the perfect toys for the children in their lives. The system was developed by the nonprofit National Lekotek Center, whose mission it is to provide children with disabilities access to the best toys for their needs. Toy evaluators assess each toy by observing 5-8 children of different abilities during up to eight hours of play.
Toys are listed in disability categories including physical, sensory, communicative, and cognitive. They are rated from one to five stars based on evaluator comments and parent and child observations. All you have to do is visit their web site to find the best toys for your child. You can even join the AblePlayers Club and receive notifications of new toys, e-newsletters, top ten toy alerts, links to special needs blogs, and articles relating to children with special needs.
So, before you head out into the chaos of Black Friday and all the shopping days until Christmas, do some quick research at AblePlay and make your shopping a little easier this year.