WAYNE, N.J. Toys"R"Us has announced the release of the 2010 edition of the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, a toy selection resource that can help parents of children with special needs select toys that develop skills through the power of play. This year, actress, author, philanthropist and mother of a son with autism, Holly Robinson Peete appears on the cover, along with Tommy Austing, a 6-year-old boy from Los Angeles, Calif. Released annually, the Guide is available in Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores nationwide and online, in English and Spanish, at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. The largest edition ever, this year's Guide has increased to 60 pages and features an expanded assortment of online offerings that are available through the company's website, the company reported.
"As the mom of four beautiful kids, I know that every child has a unique personality, distinct interests and develops at their own pace. Since my son RJ was diagnosed with autism when he was three, I also know what it's like to be blessed with a child who has special needs," said Holly Robinson Peete. "I am truly honored to appear on the cover of the 2010 Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids because I have seen how everyday toys, like those featured in the Guide, have helped my son build skills to enhance his development."
Online shoppers interested in finding all of the information and products available in the Guide can visit the company's dedicated website Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled, the company reported. The online version allows shoppers to search by skill, price and age range to select and purchase toys directly from the digital pages of the Guide.
To further assist shoppers, the Guide also includes the "Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys" from the National Lekotek Center, according to the company. These tips highlight important information to consider when selecting toys for differently-abled kids, such as choosing items with multi-sensory appeal, considering the child's individual abilities and the toy's current popularity.
Additionally, to help differently-abled children prevent accidental injuries during playtime, the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids features "Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs." The tips, created with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations, offer basic suggestions, such as never leaving a child unsupervised, as well as specialized tips, including avoiding trigger toys.