Fun Toys for Kids with Special Needs

by Jun 12, 2013Link Share, Special Needs Parenting2 comments

Today's post is dedicated to two companies that make fantastic, fun toys for kids with special needs recommended by special education expert Katie Wetherbee.

Summertime fun gets a little harder to manufacture as the calendar inches toward mid-July. So today’s post is dedicated to two companies that make fantastic, fun toys for kids with special needs. These recommendations come from my friend Katie Wetherbee who blogs about special needs at Diving for Pearls. Katie’s background is in special education, so she’s always on the lookout for products that are both fun and therapeutic. Let’s take a look at two of her favorite sources for special needs resources.

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Fat Brain Toys

Fat Brain Toys is a family-owned business. Their retail store is based in Elkhorn, Nebraska. But they also do a brisk internet business with quality, open-ended toys, games, and gifts that entertain and educate. They choose games from around the world and have the largest selection of American-made toys found anywhere.

They also gather feedback from customers about how their products are used by children with special needs. They maintain a directory where caregivers can find information about appropriate toys for individuals with many different types of special needs listed below (click any of the below to view Fat Brain Toys for that category):

You can explore their very information website at

Therapy Shoppe

The second company Katie recommends is The Therapy Shoppe. It is an occupational therapist owned company that’s been in business for 19 years. Products are selected by pediatric therapists. And they are kid, parent, and/or teacher-tested and approved. They carry:

  • Sensory products
  • Therapy tools for learning and play
  • Self-regulation tools
  • Sensory integration products
  • Handwriting helps (Um, remember this is summer…wait until school starts for these)
  • Motor skill development items
  • And much more

Check out their website at

What Do You Recommend?

Okay, Katie’s given her recommendations. So now it’s your turn. Where do you find toys that are both fun and therapeutic for your kids? Leave your rec’s in the comment box. Thanks!

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By Katie Wetherbee

Katie Wetherbee is an educator with over 25 years of experience helping students with disabilities thrive at home, school, and in the community.


  1. Jolene

    Hi Jenn,

    Thanks for the recommendations. Readers, both sites are packed with fantastic resources, so take a look!


  2. jenn choi

    Jolene, great post.

    I love love love FB Toys. They are a natural magnet for children with special needs as well as for gifted children too (or a mixture of both)… My other faves are and I will also check out Katie’s blog and Therapy Shoppe. Thanks!

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