Which toy for a handicapped baby?
Deafness, Visual impairment, reduced motor skills… Regardless of their disorder, disabled babies grow and learn, too, playing. It is also necessary to provide adapted games…
It is sometimes difficult to know what toy to buy her child. And this is even more true if he has a disability, whatever it is. In fact, not easy to choose a good and fun toy for her baby without him in trouble in the face of his disorder. It is important that the child can manipulate as seems it. It’s discouraged, the game loses all interest… However, playful moments are essential to the development of the babies. In the middle of the stuffed animals and toys of awakening, they discover their bodies and the world that surrounds them. It goes the same for disabled babies: in their own way, they use their senses and seek to compensate for their failures, particularly during the games. To help you, be aware that sites such as Ludiloo.be and Hoptoys.fr offer toys adapted to children with disabilities. Attractive, colours sounds Varis, grip, interactivity, materials to touch, smells to smell everything is designed to stimulate your baby’s senses. Be aware that these toys ‘tailor-made’ are not exclusively intended for the small disabled: all babies can enjoy!
And the toys ‘classic ‘?
Your child’s disability must not turn away from traditional toys. Many can, indeed, be suitable for a disabled child, if you take a few precautions. Firstly, it is essential to choose games to European standards. Then choose the product based on your child’s disorder,without you stop on the age shown, not always reliable depending on the abilities of your child. Muriel, one of our users has experienced: “my 3 year old daughter always play with toys offered when she was a year old. Each year it receives new, but many do not fit its needs. ” Your child is moving at its own pace and it is important to observe its progress or learning on which it focuses (the market, language, fine motor skills…). You can choose a toy corresponding to the needs of the moment. However, take care not to fall into a spiral of intensive rehabilitation, especially if your child is already supported by a therapist. You are his teacher or his speech therapist. In the game, the notion of pleasure and Exchange must be paramount.
If you really have trouble choosing a toy, go for solid values such ascomforters, stuffed animals, tables of activities and carpet of awakening that will, in all cases, stimulate the senses of baby.
It is important to choose a toy that will not put your child in difficulty and to choose depending on his disorder:
- Difficulty in fine motor skills
If your child is clumsy with his hands, his fingers are rigid and lack flexibility, it should arouse her curiosity. Prefer easy games to catch, to handle so that it takes pleasure to play with his hands. Building games, manipulation or still puzzles are perfect. Think also of fabric books or toys in different materials. Your baby will enjoy contact with these soft and new materials.
- Hearing disorders
If your child is deficient hearing, opt for toys to the varied sounds. And for deaf babies rely on attractive colors and materials. For toddlers with hearing disorders, vision and touch stimulation is also preferred.Over the months, do not hesitate, either, to solicit the taste and smell…
- Vision disorders
Private view, babies have more need to be put in trust. Prefer to touch toys and the relaxing sounds to reassure him! In this case, interactivity is paramount during the fun moments with your toddler. Feel free to make him touch the toys before and encourage her.
- Difficulty communicating
If your baby has trouble expressing themselves, interact with his entourage, prefer toys for communication and interactivity. Sound toys to repeat the words help to familiarize themselves with the sounds. Also consider puzzles with small words to follow. Finally, tape recorders with microphone or interactive comforters will also be very useful.
- Psychomotor disorders
Games of balls to the small car, there are many toys that help babies with disabilities awareness of their body and develop their motor skills while having fun. Pushers-trotters, to make toys, but also the balloons will also promote its development.
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