Our therapeutic toy collection contains toys that encourage cognitive, motor, visual, auditory, and social development including adapted toys that are specially designed for youth with special needs. Some adapted toys include or require the use of a special switch that allows children with fine motor impairments to manipulate the toys with a slight touch. These optional switches are also available for checkout.
Discovery Skills Kits
Still the same kits, but with a new look! Check out the new, sturdy backpacks with contents label attached. Take a look at our picture binder on the DS Kit shelves to see what’s inside each kit. These all-in-one skills kits in a backpack contain 4-8 books, small toys, games and manipulatives pertaining to a concept or life skill. Multisensory reinforcement, especially great for visual and tactile learners.
Speech Therapy Cards
This special collection of photo and illustrated cards is useful for working with children with cognitive disabilities and speech impairments.
These special boxes contain a story and manipulatives mentioned in the story for kids to touch / feel while listening. These are especially helpful for kids with visual impairments and kids with speech impairments. The manipulatives give meaning to the words in the story, which supports comprehension and allows children to experience the story hands-on.
Fiction – From picture books to chapter books, we offer stories about children with a variety of special needs for siblings and peers as well as books for children with special needs.
Non-Fiction – This collection of resource books covers topics such as autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, inclusion, IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and much more.
Magazines covering current special needs topics are available for check-out.
Signed Story Kits
These kits contain picture books and a DVD of the story signed in American Sign Language.
These books allow the reader to build simple sentences by attaching picture cards to the open squares on each sentence page. Improves reading skills, speech development, fine motor coordination and other skills.
Low Vision Books
Check out our NEW Low Vision book section! Why are these books geared to youth with low vision? Many children with low vision need materials presented in high-contrast in order to visually process them with accuracy. These books have simple (less busy), high-contrast illustrations for youth with low vision to engage with picture books.
Check out our Braille books collection for youth of all ages, including tactile-illustrated Braille books. We are replacing English Braille American Edition (EBAE) books with the recently implemented Unified English Braille (UEB) books as they are published, beginning with the uncontracted UEB Braille books for beginning Braille readers.
Large Print Books
For those kids who have difficulty reading smaller print, we offer popular chapter books in larger print for kids in grades 2 – 8. This collection is currently located at the end of Youth Fiction.
The content and appearance of these books are of high interest for older readers who read at a lower grade level. This collection is currently located at the end of Youth Fiction.
Our collection of DVDs includes sign language instruction and signed stories on DVD, as well as DVDs covering other special needs topics and therapeutic activities such as social skills and exercises.
Music / Activity CDs
These CDs include activities and music geared toward kids with special needs.
These visual and game programs are developed for teachers, caregivers, and youth with special needs.