With the ease of online shopping anyone can purchase toys that are suitable for a child’s particular abilities. Whether looking for toys specific to two handed development, speech, sensory integration, fine or gross motor skills- there are many online stores that specialize in or have special sections geared for educational and developmental growth.
Beyond Play offers the most extensive selection of products for young children of all abilities - from infants and toddlers to children in the early elementary grades. They carry a wide selection of fun and educational products in all areas of child development, as well as specialized products for early intervention and special needs.
ChildTherapyToys.com ChildTherapyToys.com was founded by child psychologists to provide therapy products to mental health professionals who work with children. These toys and activities have been specially selected and tested. They are great for developing skills which makes them perfect for special needs children who often need just a little extra help.
Different Roads to Learning Different Roads to Learning specializes in supporting, educating and inspiring all people affected by Autism or Sensory Spectrum Disorder. Different Roads offers more than 600 tools and resources to help individuals succeed both academically and socially.
Discovery Channel Store The Discovery Channel store focuses on offering the most informative, engaging, and entertaining products available. As an extension to the television network, the store provides educational and fun (mostly science related) activities, games, and toys.
eSpecial Needs From oversized building blocks and bungee jumpers to snapwall playsets and sand and water activity tables, eSpecial Needs offers a variety of engaging active play toys for children.
Fat Brain Toys Fat Brain Toys is a retailer and developer of unique specialty toys, games, and gifts they’ve carefully chosen from around the world. They stock over 6,000 high-quality products, most shipped the same day, including: Erector Sets, Science Projects, Games, Puzzles, Educational and more.
FunAndFunction.com The FunAndFunction.com husband and wife duo decided to design and develop their own line of sensory disorder products to build skills and self-esteem in every child. Their products are fun for all children, but especially helpful for children with SPD.
Growing Tree Toys is a specialty toy store committed to providing educational toys that challenge, stimulate, and encourage children to express their creativity.
Lakeshore Learning is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. Although not specifically targeted towards children with special needs, a number of their products can be very useful for children with special needs.
Marbles, The Brain Store Marbles started with the simple idea of finding the best brain games out there and putting them all in one place. Products for anyone who want to improve focus and attention, enhance creativity, become better multi-taskers and get the most out of the smartest supercomputer out there: the brain.
MelissaAndDoug.com For over 25 years the Melissa and Doug brand has created award winning toys, games, and more with an emphasis on value, quality, and design. The simplicity of their designs make many of their products very helpful in developing motor skills, cognitive skills and spatial skills.
Toys''R''Us collaborates with the National Lekotek Center to identify items that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. The organization reviews hundreds of products and selects those with exceptional qualities. Toys featured in the Guide are everyday playthings suitable for children of varying skills and abilities.
Vtechkids.com VTech Electronics is a world leader of age-appropriate learning products. Since 1980, VTech has been developing high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children’s development through fun and smart play. VTech offers many digital products that Special Needs children are able to understand and use
AblePlay Toy Rating System
AblePlayTM is a toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys and play products for children of all abilities. AblePlay was created so parents, friends, family members, educators, therapists and others can make the best decisions when purchasing products for children in their lives, especially children with special needs.
Check out their AblePlay Toy guide for top rated and suggested ideas in play.