A Product of Disability Access: Empowering Tribal Members with Disabilities & Their Families
by Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.
The book we just mentioned, A Guide for Parents and Teachers: The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, by Sue Schwartz, gives an excellent example using a toy farm. Fisher Price sells a nice farm with barn, farmer and all sorts of toy animals. Schwartz has this to say,
Great idea, but suppose you don't have the $33 to buy the toy? There is no less educational value to any toy mentioned in this book just because you got it from your sister after her kids were too old to play with it or bought it at a yard sale for $2. Many early childhood programs have a toy lending library. They will let you check out educational toys for a few weeks, then bring the toy back and exchange it for a new one. If the program that serves your child does not have a toy lending service, ask them to start one.
The other option is to make your own toys. You can buy a bunch of farm animals at K-Mart for a dollar or two and make a barn out of shoebox.
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