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By: Andrea Lahouze | Posted: 04/01/2014
Local toy store Creative Kidstuff and St. David’s Center For Child & Family Development are all about kids and educational play. Now, they’ve joined forces to offer toys designed to benefit children on the autism spectrum.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., affecting 1 in 68 children, according to a new study released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no cure, but early treatment can greatly improve many children’s lives, particularly when it comes to communication and social skills.
St. David’s specialists worked with Creative Kidstuff staff to curate a list of recommended autism-specific toys, then separated them into six categories: social engagement and interaction, emotional development and regulation, creative thinking and imaginative play, sensory motor development, communication and interaction, and cognition and problem solving.
They also wrote a list of helpful tips for parents and caregivers on using the toys for play and learning.
The best part? It’s all fun and games. And that’s what kids do best.
Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. See bio.
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