Giving toys to children with special needs presents parents with a unique set of challenges. Here are some things to consider:
- Buy the best. The best toys for children with special needs usually are the ones that have been deemed so by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, an independent guide to children’s media. Each of these toys receives special distinction as a Special Needs Adaptable Product, or SNAP.
- Read the label. Research the manufacturer of your toy or what materials were used to manufacturer it; especially when buying plastic toys. Toy manufacturers report recalls everyday based on cheaply made items that may contain lead or other harmful elements. Any plastic toy that is dishwasher safe, PVC, Latex and Phthalates free will be best.