Toys R Us guide connects shoppers with gifts for disabled kids

Holiday shopping is underway and finding gifts for family and friends can be fun and challenging, even when the toys are for children with special needs. For 20 years, Toys R Us has been helping with a toy guide for differently-abled kids.
November 23, 2013 11:58:40 AM PST
Holiday shopping is underway and finding gifts for family and friends can be fun and challenging, even when the toys are for children with special needs.

For 20 years, Toys R Us has been helping with a toy guide for differently-abled kids.

Every year the National Lekotek Center in Chicago evaluates over 1,000 toys, 250, of which, are for the Toys R Us toys guide.

Ellen Metrick is the director of Industry Relations at Toys R Us and says about 100 toys make it into the toy guide.

And every year, they select the hottest toys by age and abilities. These are the 2013 selections:
Lamaze Frank the Hanky Whale
Magic Move Electric Wand
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pop-up pizza play

The number of children diagnosed with a disability keeps growing.

''The statistics now are 1 in 20 kids have a disability, and if you add in learning disabilities and undiagnosed delays, you're going down to 1 in 5 that has a special need,'' said Metrick.

''About one fifth of the US population has at least one child that has a disability,'' she said.

Toys R Us toy guide for differently-abled kids makes it easier to find the right toys for a child with a disability. The prices range from $5 - $100.

The toy guide is available at all Toys R Us stores and can also be found online:
http://www.toysrus.com/differentlyabled


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