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Seeking recommendation for online retailer for Toys aimed at SN kids

(23 Posts)
everydayaschoolday Thu 22-Aug-13 09:39:31

I have found Fledglings, are there any other good ones out there? Specifically for 2yo girl with cerebral palsy - to develop fine and gross motor skills and have fun! She loves Minnie Mouse!

Also, any recommendations for an electronic toy? She loves her sister's innotab and apps on my phone but doesn't yet have the dexterity to use. I need something younger / easier for her to use.

All suggestions really welcome. Thanks.

FreshWest Thu 22-Aug-13 10:31:59

There is a website I've used called cheapdisabilityaids.co.uk

They have loads of sensory toys and lots for motor skills.
I don't know about electronic toys sorry as dd is able to use an ipad but hopefully somebody else can help you in that area.

FreshWest Thu 22-Aug-13 10:33:29
FreshWest Thu 22-Aug-13 10:35:19

Oh dear me try again here

FreshWest Thu 22-Aug-13 10:36:34

For whatever reason these links aren't working but if you google it then it should come up straight away.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 22-Aug-13 10:44:36

I quite like sensory toy warehouse they do some cheap pocket money type toys that light up etc. I'd also consider an ipad, there are very basic cause and effect apps available (search Flo Longhorn apps for special learners on google), it's possible to get funding from the family fund if you meet their criteria to buy one, but do get a good protective case!

if you're on facebook there's plenty of groups selling sn equipment and toys that may be worth a look too.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 22-Aug-13 10:46:08
PolterGoose Thu 22-Aug-13 10:49:18

Essential Aids

Absorbent Minds

SpaceKraft

When you order look for a tick box and declaration that you are buying for someone with a disabilty and you won't have to pay VAT.

eggandcress Thu 22-Aug-13 11:26:32

Rompa

We have bought good things from here

BeeMom Thu 22-Aug-13 12:30:03

These are all fantastic suggestions - the only thing I can add is if you find the prices on these web sites steep, use them for ideas, and then buy the toys in a mainstream shop. A lot of the "specialised" toys are available for a lot less than the special needs sites sell them for.

Also, do you have access to a toy lending library through Portage? That might be a good place to try things like switch adapted toys before putting out the money to buy them yourself (they can be very costly). There are also lots of tutorials online on how to switch adapt toys for only the cost of the wire and plug.

ouryve Thu 22-Aug-13 12:58:42

Hate to say it, but loads of this stuff can be found on amazon, now.

zzzzz Thu 22-Aug-13 13:23:01

Absorbent minds is great. I think polt linked above. I've found loads of stuff to do over the last year with ds. I must organise it to share.....so much to do. How on earth do the rest of you get anything done?

PolterGoose Thu 22-Aug-13 13:41:09

Absorbent Minds is good, I went there on your recommendation zzzzz and spent a bloody fortune found lots of things I'd not seen anywhere else.

Agree it's worth shopping around, but when you're starting out it helps to see what sort of things might help and how, it can also be hard to filter and refine searches on Amazon if you don't know exactly what you're looking for.

sophj100 Thu 22-Aug-13 14:55:28

I found a great one on Ebay but can't find the card they sent with my purchase. I bought a great bath toy, which is a lovely light show and runs on batteries, both my boys love it and it makes bathtime fun.

everydayaschoolday Thu 22-Aug-13 17:25:21

Thank you so much everyone. I'll check out all those, and take the point if I see something I like, to compare prices for it in mainstream retailers. We're about to start portage in sep, so hopefully i'll get some more ideas and access to equipment from them too - thanks.

flowers

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Thu 22-Aug-13 18:10:44

Another vote for Sensory Toy Warehouse, they seem quite cheap and it's quick delivery too.

everydayaschoolday Thu 22-Aug-13 19:52:55

Oh you lovely people! I haven't got past the first recommendation yet (cheap disability aids) and a whole new world has opened before me! I feel like I've been wandering round with my eyes shut blush.

I just wanted to share this. Since you guys mentioned SN apps and basic cause-and-effect apps, I think this is what I was after in relation to electronic toys (iPad way out of our scope). Cannot thank you lot enough flowers

www.cheapdisabilityaids.co.uk/special-needs-touchscreen-small-91-p.asp

Linking from phone, hope it works. Thanks again.

everydayaschoolday Thu 22-Aug-13 21:20:22

ninja thanks for flo longhorn tip. Just filled my phone with all sorts my dd will love! Definitely thinking about going android tablet now. Off to shop for pocket money toys now too. Thanks again to everyone. A real eye opener for me tonight.

regsgirl Mon 13-Jan-14 21:27:49

Please don't order from cheap disability aids site, if you must, do so with caution.

They have appalling customer service. I brought a a £50 led blanket which I can't get returned. They sell some cheap faulty poor quality goods for which the customer can get no return.

Skimmingstones Tue 14-Jan-14 12:15:19

I will also add half my order from cheap disability aids was missing when it arrived and was unable to get them to respond to my enquiries. Also what i did get was not as pictured or vastly overpriced. I would never order from the site again.

everydayaschoolday Wed 15-Jan-14 17:01:30

Ok, thanks for letting me know. They seemed to have lots of good stuff, shame if the service is so bad.

bochead Wed 15-Jan-14 17:47:51

Ring abilitynet

They'll know of computer games and equipment such as a joystick mouse, adapted keyboard designs etc that'll make all the difference.

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