What is AblePlay™?
AblePlayTM is a toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs. AblePlay was created so parents, special educators, therapists and others can make the best decisions when purchasing products for children in their lives with disabilities.
Parents often look at current toys and wonder, “Is this toy appropriate for my child?” Getting “inside the box,” and understanding the features and benefits as they align with the abilities of a particular child are huge challenges. Even professionals serving children with special needs often lack the time and ability to search for the best products and toys. AblePlay does the research during the comprehensive product evaluation and relates this information to children’s special needs and abilities.
AblePlay has designed an easy to understand rating system that focuses on the developmental areas of cognitive, sensory, communications and physical abilities of a child. Every play product is rated on a scale of 1-5 in these key categories. Visitors can also search by specific disabilities.
AblePlay offers a comprehensive product evaluation that captures the benefits of each toy. Included in this profile are developmental skills that can be worked on, creative play ideas and ways the product can be adapted to broaden its use and benefits.
Ready to Buy
After reviewing a toy, AblePlay makes it easy and fast to purchase products by linking directly to manufacturer’s retail sites. Added features like the ability to build and maintain a specific child’s Wish List, along with options to forward this and other product information make the decision and buying process simple and convenient.
AblePlay was developed by the nonprofit National Lekotek Center, the leading authority on toys and play for children with disabilities. Our mission is to provide research and access to the best toys for children with special needs.