Nisonger’s Toy and Technology Library provides a free consultation with a licensed occupational therapist to help families and community professionals identify appropriate toys, switches, communication devices, software and computer access technology. The Library houses over 1,500 toys and accessible technology devices that are available to families to borrow for up to 30 days.
The Library also serves as an interdisciplinary training clinic for graduate and post-graduate students in a variety of fields related to developmental disabilities. The Toy and Technology Library is a nonprofit program of The Nisonger Center. Funding is provided through the Nisonger Center, private foundations and community supporters.
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The purpose of the Toy and Technology Library is to enhance the development and play skills of children with special needs and to provide support and resources regarding computer technology, interactive play and adapted toys. These services are available to all families. Referrals are not required, although many families are referred through clinics and/or therapists.
Children learn through play. The Toy and Technology Library offers assistance to those children with disabilities by enhancing their abilities to play in a meaningful way, with toys that will stimulate and help them grow. We offer a wide range of developmentally appropriate and switch-activated toys so that all children, regardless of physical or sensory ability, may play, control their environment, communicate and develop skills. Successful interactions with computers and toys promote independence and increase a child’s skills and self-esteem.
Tools for Learning
The computer section in the Toy and Technology Library allows users to explore technology as potential tools for enrichment, learning and communication. This section includes many special-access devices such as expanded and alternate keyboards, mouse/trackball options and switches, in addition to a wide array of mobile apps and software. These are available for parents and professionals to try on-site. Choosing the “right fit” technology and access can provide children the tools to develop and learn both at school and at home.
Toy and Technology Library Staff:
Wendling, Mary Jo, OTR/LToy and Technology Library Director Occupational Therapy Faculty LEND