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Sound Puzzle Box Ideal For Children With Down Syndrome and Other Special Needs
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Shape sorters present a special challenge for a cognitively young child or a blind child. Here are some time-tested techniques for teaching shape fitting and matching. Start playing by dumping the pieces out of the Sound Puzzle Box. Place the pieces in upside down so that they 'squeak' on the way out. Beginning with dumping builds the initial recognition of the objects 'belonging' inside the box, initial grasping skills, and cause and effect . Next, cover all holes but the circle. Show the child how to put the circle piece in to the circle hole. When the circle is mastered, use the other shapes. Next offer two holes and shapes, then three. This technique lets children choose from a manageable number of possibilities. This toy does not require sight, and the pieces are a good size for most children.
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