Toys R Us guide connects shoppers with gifts for disabled kids
November 23, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Holiday shopping is underway and finding gifts for family and friends can be fun and challenging, even when the toys are for children with special needs.
For 20 years, Toys R Us has been helping with a toy guide for differently-abled kids.
Every year the National Lekotek Center in Chicago evaluates over 1,000 toys, 250, of which, are for the Toys R Us toys guide.
Ellen Metrick is the director of Industry Relations at Toys R Us and says about 100 toys make it into the toy guide.
And every year, they select the hottest toys by age and abilities. These are the 2013 selections:
Lamaze Frank the Hanky Whale
Magic Move Electric Wand
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pop-up pizza play
The number of children diagnosed with a disability keeps growing.
''The statistics now are 1 in 20 kids have a disability, and if you add in learning disabilities and undiagnosed delays, you're going down to 1 in 5 that has a special need,'' said Metrick.
''About one fifth of the US population has at least one child that has a disability,'' she said.
Toys R Us toy guide for differently-abled kids makes it easier to find the right toys for a child with a disability. The prices range from $5 - $100.
The toy guide is available at all Toys R Us stores and can also be found online:
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