Adapting Toys for Children with Special Needs


ID-100201082Many of us take for granted our ability to use our hands with all the glory and precision they were intended for. Unfortunately, there are millions of people who for one reason or another don’t have the same fine motor control in their hands. This can make even the most mundane activity a large undertaking.

Many of these people are children who don’t need to have to type a work report or fix a leaky roof, they simply want to play with a toy. Most toys these days have turned to incorporating electronics into them leaving children with poor motor skills unable to trigger the small buttons or switches that allow the toy to be interactive.

Last year, I teamed up with the Cerebral Palsy Family Network and created a small tutorial video on how you can easily adapt simple electronic toys for those who lack fine motor control.

We’d love your  feedback on how you have adapted everyday items for those with special needs.



mike-abbMike Abb, Account Manager at Collective Bias, can be best described as “diverse.” With years spent working for Wal-Mart and Dannon Yogurt at the corporate level, Mike cut his teeth learning the ins and outs of mass retail. He changed gears after going back to school and earning a film degree from TCU, specializing in broadcast production for the web. Migrating to Austin, TX he centered himself with the tech and music scene. As witty as he is technologically savvy, Mike brings full energy to the table.

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