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“Potential and Possibilities” a Lekotek White Paper

Lekotek White Paper The White Paper “Potential and Possibilities” is a model for providing children with disabilities access to the benefits of play experiences. When a child enters the realm of play, he also enters the realm of potential and possibilities. Children who have disabilities can and do face obstacles engaging in play. As a child experiences new situations through the act of play they create new understandings and conceptualizations of the world around them. When the child’s special needs are thus met, they can depart from a world of struggles, tasks, therapies and treatments into the joyful experience of play and through that accomplish more than anyone ever dreamed possible.

Download a copy of this exciting document here.


Facilitating Play for Children with Special Needs

An introductory course to teach parents, caregivers and professionals how to facilitate play with children.

Topics will include:
  • Follow the child’s lead
  • Expand the play while still following the child’s lead
  • Facilitate repetition of play activity
  • Use verbal cues to provide positive reinforcement
  • Use non-verbal cues to provide positive reinforcement

For more information go to: http://lekotek.org/services/educators/training_facilt_play.html


Become a Lekotek Ambassador

Lekotek Ambassadors are a volunteer, member-driven fundraising-focused team that supports the mission of the National Lekotek Center. Members help strengthen and grow the organization through financial and personal support. They accomplish this through their dynamic participation in various resource development activities and by providing strategic advice and counsel.

View or download the informational PDF if you'd like to become a member of this important team!

 Things You Should Know about Lekotek
National Lekotek Overview - The National Lekotek Center, a 501(c)3 organization, has worked with toy manufacturers for 32 years with a simple goal in mind—to improve the lives of children with special needs through the utilization of toys and play. The National Lekotek Center overview gives insight to the history of the organization.   more >>>
Toys "R" Us Guide for Differently-Abled Kids - Toys "R" Us has released the 2012 Toys "R" Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, a complimentary toy-selection guide for parents and friends of children with disabilities.   more >>>
Lekotek co-hosts an inclusive play event - with the Creative Discovery Museum and Playcore showcasing a new concept in play, Snug Play USA. more >>>
YouTube Power of Play video The Power of Play - Witness the power of play through the story of William and his big brother Owen featured on YouTube.   view YouTube video >>>
NAPPA Partnership - National Lekotek Center serves as toy judge for the prestigious National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children's Products competition.   more >>>
Legislative Action - Visit our legislative action center. Your involvement can make a difference.   more >>>
Lekotek State Funding Update & Next Steps - Visit our Advocacy page to learn more.   more >>>
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  National Lekotek Center: 2001 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-528-5766 - Fax: 773.537.2992 - Toy Resource Helpline: 800.366.PLAY
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