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There is one thing that food, water, clothing and playing share in common, they are all part of a cerebral palsy child's basic necessities to thrive in life. All children need play in their lives. Despite a child's interest, gender and abilities, there are cerebral palsy toys out there that will encourage his or her love of play. Cerebral palsy toys can be an important part of the learning experience and development of motor skills for a child with cerebral palsy. When it comes to selecting a toy that can be of assistance during the developmental stage of the child, the particular needs of the child need to be considered. Selecting a toy for any child begins with two simple steps: discovering what sparks their interest and what their skill level may be. The severity of the learning disability can be physical only, as in cases where the child is highly intelligent but the body does not respond, or both mental and physical. This evaluation will help to determine the potential cerebral palsy toys. After that is decided, there are literally thousands of toys on store shelves that will be a great fit for your child.
Children learn to play as a way of affecting their environment, and it is a significant key to positive development. Research has verified that early intervention using play techniques greatly influences a child's learning capacity. Cerebral palsy toys can be important tools for growth. However, a child with a disability may need modifications or adaptive toys in order to work with the environment intellectually. Cerebral palsy toys can be expensive and sometimes only used for a short time, however, some institutions offer lending programs.
An occupational therapist trained in the needs of children with special needs will help you through discussion of your child's abilities, interests and preferences when picking out cerebral palsy toys. The occupational therapist will also share knowledge and information about developmental needs and toy availability. This practice of sharing information will help you in choosing toys that will benefit your child most. With a small amount of education and support, families can learn to select and purchase special or adapted toys and devices. These families may quickly acquire the skills necessary for choosing cerebral palsy toys and need less ongoing support from others. There are many varieties of cerebral palsy toys that include puzzles, laptop electronics, matching games, math and spelling games, tricycles, scooter, therapy balls, push and pull toys, snap toys, blocks, light and sound games, video games, and wind up toys, just to name a few.
Educating parents on the use of conventional and adaptive cerebral palsy toys will help prepare them in choosing the proper toys for development. The most important goals of cerebral palsy toys are to allow disabled children to have constructive learning and play experiences, strengthen each child’s academic, social, and communication skills, and foster positive play relationships between children with developmental disabilities, their family, and others.