This week in our hometown of State College, Penn State is hosting the National Autism Conference – a conference that provides “comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist educators, other professionals, and families in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders.” For 5 days, family members, physicians, educators and more attend various educational sessions that cover a wide range of autism topics and research.
We often see attendees from the conference in our store, searching for great developmental toys that they can use in their homes, classrooms, and offices. We strive to have a wonderful mix of toys that can address the ages, interests, and needs of all children, and certainly providing toys for special needs children is no exception!
While we have a wide array of toys from traditional manufacturers that are wonderful for children with special needs, we have also added a new company to the mix for us that has a focus in toys for special needs – Fun and Function! Launched in 2005, Fun and Function has a goal to provide affordable special needs toys that are not only innovative, but cool and fun for children too! With a wide variety of products, from tagless and weighted clothing to specialized ride-ons and exercise balls, Fun and Function is a fantastic resource for families and therapists looking for special needs products.
The first item that we have brought in from Fun and Function is the Saddle Scooter – and look at how much fun it is! This bright red, U-shaped scooter is low to the ground for younger children or children with gravitational insecurities, is made from high density foam, and features rubber, caster swivel wheels to scoot all around. This multi-functional Saddle Scooter is just one of the many great products available from Fun and Function – and it is perfect for play or therapy!
In addition to the Saddle Scooter from Fun and Function, we are happy to offer a wonderful collection of educational toys that are great for special needs children, from toys that work on motor skills to toys that help with early learning and more. But, if you are looking for more products from Fun and Function than we have at the moment, you can visit their website for their full collection of special needs products. We are very happy to add this innovative company to our toy selection, and we hope to expand our offerings from them in the future – because more than anything, they are about helping children reach their fullest potential through play.
And, that’s why we love the Saddle Scooter and Fun and Function, and we hope you do too!