Epsom design charity MERU now offers a range of toys adapted so that an accessible button or switch will work them, and they’re still available in time for Christmas, but all year round too!
Young children learn how the world works through play – especially cause and effect. A lot of early years’ toys involve squeezing the toy or pushing a button and having something happen.
However, for many disabled children, this can be difficult, as they don’t have fine motor skills or may have other impairments.
These toys are aimed at making learning about cause and effect more accessible. It may seem like a small thing for a child to be able to press a button and make a toy sing or light-up, but the first realisation that ‘if I do this, then something happens’ is a crucial part of development. So, a disabled child that’s introduced to switches or accessible controls via an adapted toy will be gaining the basics of how to go on to control a powered wheelchair.
The fun and exciting adapted toy range includes everything from remote controlled cars and Scalextric sets to the adorable Fisher Price BeatBo and they can all be used with a range of different types of switches or buttons that are easier for children with disabilities to use.
To find out more, or to buy toys specially adapted by MERU visit meru.org.uk/shop
MERU (Medical Engineering Resource Unit) is part of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People family of charities. It offers a design and manufacturing service of products for disabled people when no other product exists to meet their needs and can offer bespoke products for individuals, schools or companies.