Soon summer vacation will be over and parents will be focusing on Back-To-School shopping. I’d like to let you know about the extensive selection of educational special needs childrens toys offered at Gummy Lump.
My youngest daughter is an Early Intervention Associate and currently finishing up her Masters degree in Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies with a concentration in Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities.
My daughter currently works for a non-profit agency, and travels throughout the state doing home visitation consulting for her young clients in the Birth-To-Three program.
I frequently find my youngest daughter in the living room raiding my grandkids’ toy box for toys that she thinks would facilitate development for her clients. As she makes clientele home visitations, introducing new material to the children will stimulate interest in the lesson plan of the day that she has prepared.
It isn’t uncommon that in her position as a Birth-to-Three counselor, my daughter unselfishly will spend her own money to purchase toys for special needs for the kids. Families and school system budgets are curtailed because of the economy, and funds simply aren’t available to purchase new materials.
My daughter would like to share with you her review of the Melissa and Doug Progression Puzzles, and reasons for choosing this product to work with her clients:
I work with young children who have special needs and chose the Melissa and Doug Progression Puzzles because I believed they would be a good learning tool for the children I work with. They help introduce forward chaining to children who are low functioning and Autistic.
I thought this group of puzzles would be a good tool to teach with because they provide visual aides for the children to follow along with, while also working on fine motor skills and object imitation.
When introducing the puzzles I begin by first having the child complete the puzzle, and then numbering the pieces. The child then places the puzzle pieces in the base using the correct order, while also counting 1-2-3-4-5-6 so they can understand the steps to making a pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and eating a banana. When I begin working on the puzzle I fully prompt the children so they know which piece goes where without making an error, and eventually fade the prompts so the child is completing the puzzle independently.
By completing this puzzle as an assignment, the children can understand how to complete certain activities in their correct order. They eventually learn not only how to complete a puzzle, but how to chain an activity from first to last. The first step to making a sandwich would be to grab a plate, bread, and the peanut butter and jelly. The pictures on the puzzle pieces provide great visuals for the children to follow as well.
I would recommend this puzzle because it comes in a group of three so the children can have three different ideas of how to chain activities. It can be done forwards or backwards, and is also great for the child to gain fine motor skills by placing the small puzzle pieces in the base puzzle. The three puzzles are small and easy to carry around as well so they can be transported between houses with minimal effort, and are easy to store.
The Special Needs Childrens Toys selection is extensive, and includes many well-known brands, such as Melissa and Doug, Edushape, Guidecraft and Gund, to name a few.
What’s very helpful for parents and educators is the ability to shop for toys for children with Special Needs by category:
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Gifted Children
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Speech and Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Visual Impairment
Gummy Lump also has put together and shares on it’s site a comprehensive reference list of Special Needs Articles, Books, Websites and Resources.
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