Check out Vina's interview in the May 2012 newsletter for the Family Center on Technology and Disability - she is kind of a big deal:<
Microsoft visited LCA to see how we were using the Kinect with our kids. This video highlights their experience (and highlights some pretty amazing kids, parents, therapists and teachers!)
When one of our speech therapists is called "the toy doctor" by a client, you know we have a toy problem. More specifically, it's a toy ADDICTION. Why do we love toys so much? Toys can be used to create "communication temptations," or opportunities to use language to request. Oftentimes, toys can be used to work on fine and gross motor development as well as cognition. They also can serve as a gateway to engagement. I have personally trialed endless toys over the last few years at ICAN Center for Autism. Many broken toys later, some remain as the go-to favorites. Here is a list of some ofour most popular toys that our kids ask for time and time again:
Spinning Tops. They come in sizes large and small. Some flash and sing music, while others just spin
Why we love them: Tops can be very challenging to spin just right. Kids work hard to get them to spin on their own or an opportunity is created for them to ask others for help. Two tops are always better than one, and because they are affordable you and your child can spin a top together. Ready, set, SPIN!