A new partnership between Creative Kidstuff and St. David's Center is helping families with special needs children.
4-year-oldCubby was diagnosed with autism about a year ago. His 7-year-old brother also has it.
His mom, Nicole Sumner, says, "It was different. They say if you've seen one childwith autism, you've seen one child with autism because they are so very different."
Nicole got Cubby into programs at St. David's Center quickly. She says Cubby struggles with appropriate interaction and his communication is one sided. A puppet is now therapy.
Psychologist Sarah Rehman says toys with lights or smells can help with sensory issues, or a book with facial expressions can show a child how to share emotion and a cushy football can be more helpful than a leather one.
All the categories for toys that help kids with autism are now on the Creative Kidstuff website. Parents can also check out it to see a video and get guidance.
Roberta Bonoff of Creative Kidstuff decided to partner with St. David's when her staffnoticed a rising issue.
"Wehave more and more people coming into the store asking for help picking outthat perfect thing for a child who is autistic or somewhere on the spectrum,"said Bonoff.
Staff atCreative Kidstuff has been trained to hear a child's needs and pinpoint an appropriate toy.