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Bead Mazes perfect for children with Down Syndrome or Visual Impairments
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Learning only happens when a child is interested enough to WANT to participate. Bead mazes teach a huge variety of skills. (cognitive, motor, perceptual, and language) but their true strength is the excellent play value kids find in these open-ended toys. This style is best for children with mild to moderate fine motor delays, and is especially suitable for low vision and blind children.
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Interpreting Facial Emotions

Many children (especially those with autism-like conditions) have difficulty interpreting facial expressions and understanding why people feel certain emotions. Moody Bear Puzzle, Emotion Cards, Smart Alex software all offers an opportunity to recognize expressions and hopefully talk about why the person might be happy or frightened. Try using them with a mirror and perhaps Polaroids of familiar people showing the same emotions. Eventually see if your child can make (and understand) the expressions, then take their pictures!

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