Children with Special Needs

New Resource for Children with Disabilities - Lekotek, a national nonprofit which is widely know as the leading authority on toys and play for children with disabilities (they have toy lending libraries and help parents and providers adapt toys to meet the needs of children with disabilities) has just launched something called the AblePlay Rating System.(TM) This free online resource available at  http://www.ableplay.org/   features toys rated for their accessibility regarding physical, sensory, communication and cognitive disabilities. It also includes detailed product reviews and creative ideas for adaptive play.

"Reasons for Concern" brochures, developed and produced by the Department of Developmental Services addresses developmental information for infants, toddlers and preschoolers from birth to 5 years of age. The purpose of the brochure is to 1) facilitate finding and identifying young children who may benefit from early intervention or specialized education services, and 2) encourage appropriate referrals regarding these children to Early Start and Special Education preschool services. The brochure may be downloaded from http://www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart or http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/concerns.asp