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Perfect Toy Finder: Find the perfect toy for your child with autism.

According to the Princeton Child Development Institute, “Autism is a severe developmental disability that is usually noted within the first three years of life. It occurs in 1 of 150 births, exists in every ethnic group and every part of the world, and is much more common in boys than girls. Before treatment, youngsters with autism exhibit very uneven patterns of development. Often, speech is absent or very delayed and children do not relate to objects, events, or other people in expected ways, nor do they respond to touch, taste, sight, or sound in the same manner as their typical peers. Many children exhibit extremely dysfunctional responses, including stereotypic movements, tantrums, and self-injury.  

Because the etiology of autism is not clearly understood, prevention is not possible. But a significant body of evidence shows that applied behavior analysis technology can make a world of difference for people with autism, especially when treatment begins early.” (http://www.pcdi.org/whatIsAutism/generalInfo.asp)

Discovery Toys has interfaced with the famous Princeton Child Development Institute to develop our Autism Support Project. It is our goal to deliver a rich educational experience by understanding the most commonly shared learning difficulties for children with autism and matching our products to support learning.

While the six Learning Pathways also apply to children with autism, these children tend to experience several broad areas of significant difficulty that we list below and for which we have selected products to support.

Is your family touched by autism? Very possibly:

Facts and figures about autism:
  • 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism
  • A new case of autism is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many of the less prevalent childhood diseases
  • There will be more cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosed each year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined
– Autism Speaks,
www.autismspeaks.org

Look for products with the following icons to help you determine the best Discovery Toys products for your specific needs:

Toys to develop independent play with some limited instruction
Toys that promote sustained engagement
Toys that build skills for cooperative play
Toys that create opportunities for children to talk about their play experience
Toys with obvious completion criteria
Toys that encourage pretend play

DT toys have been assigned one or more Autism Symbols relative to how they address the area of difficulty an individual might be experiencing. Use this Toy Guide to help choose the right combination of products to strengthen the following skills and make learning fun! Autism_Toy_Guide.pdf

Your Guide To Discovery Toys Autism Support

How to use the chart:

  1. Identify the individual's educational goals based on where you'd like improvement. (a, b, c, d, e, f)
  2. Use the chart below to choose toys and products to meet the individual's needs.
Autism Toys to develop independent play with some limited instruction.

Toys to develop independent play with some limited instruction.

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Toys that promote sustined engagement.

Toys that promote sustined engagement.

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Toys that build skills for cooprative play.

Toys that build skills for cooprative play.

 

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Toys that create opportunities for children to talk about their play experience.

Toys that create opportunities for children to talk about their play experience.

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Toys with obvious complation criteria.

Toys with obvious complation criteria.

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Toys that encourage pretend play.

Toys that encourage pretend play.


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