Kids learn through play. That informal fun way of exploring the world around them, which often leads to acquiring information and perceptions about math, science, language, and social awareness/protocol. But what we are learning as autism and other similar disabilities become more prevalent, is that the natural "play sequence" that comes naturally and instinctively to some kids, does not come instinctively to all of them. Some kids need to be taught to play, and skipping over some developmental steps in life can hinder their progress.

Hasbro and The Autism Project have teamed up to create "Toy Box Tools", a free online resource that provides options and alternatives for those children who struggle with play time situations. Parents and teachers will find this website very useful....I highly recommend it. The site is teeming with freebies such as paper timers, instructional videos, play mats, "how to" cards, etc. (all of which can be easily downloaded)


Here are some samples of what you can find at "Toy Box Tools".

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  2. @masters in education:Thanks for commenting.

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