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PearlsWineBriefcasesCar stuff PetsSpecial needs toys
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Holiday Gift Ideas2
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For children with special needs, lots of options
Resources
The National Lekotek Center, lekotek.org, offers informationabout toys for kids with disabilities and runs Ableplay.org, whichrates toys for various special needs.Fun and Function designs toys for kids with disabilities.Learning is Fun in Albuquerque can order products found on thecompany’s website, funandfunction.com.“Let’s Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs,”available on the American Foundation for the Blind’s website atafb.org, also provides examples of toys for specific disabilities.Toys R Us also puts out a toy guide for differently abled kids attoysrus.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3261680.
By Amanda Schoenberg
Journal Staff Writer 
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f your child needs helpwith motor skills or feelsanxious around loudnoises, the perfect toy isstill out there.In her book, “Smart PlaySmart Toys: How to Raise aChild with a High PQ (PlayQuotient),” San Francisco toyexpert Stevanne Auerbach,known as Dr. Toy, has a listof questions to consider whenbuying toys for kids withspecial needs.Parents may want toconsider which physicalactivities a child needs helpwith and which musclesneed strengthening, as wellas whether a child followsvisual cues and respondsto sounds. When thinkingabout mental and emotionaldevelopment, they can thinkabout whether a child looksin the mirror, understandsdirections and noticesletters.If customers come witha list of needs, they don’tneed to have a specific toy inmind, say Lisa Gallegos andCariad Owen, co-managersat Out of the Blue on RioGrande NW. They are usedto scouring the store for justthe right toy for every child.“We just have to becreative,” Gallegos says.At Out of the Blue, manycustomers want toys for kidson the autism spectrum,such as kids who don’t likeoverstimulation with loudnoises. Gallegos and Owensuggest the Meteor Storm,a novelty toy for $7.99 thatcreates a soothing sound as itlights up.Kids with autism oftenhave tactile sensitivities.Classic pin art toys for $19.99let kids press their handsagainst pins and makedesigns.“Kids really like the feelingof it,” says Gallegos.In an email message,Auerbach recommendssoft, stimulating toys likepuppets and dolls for kidswith autism, as well as toysthat incorporate music orconstruction toys.At Learning is Fun, a storefor educators and families,on Menaul NE, managerShelby Richardson says“Point to Happy: A Bookfor Kids on the AutismSpectrum” by MiriamSmith and Afton Fraser is apopular read. Children usea plastic hand to point tophotographs of other kids.The book, which costs $19.95,is designed to help childrenrecognize emotions andmake connections.While many toys are usedby children with disabilities,Learning is Fun alsocarries products designedspecifically for kids withspecial needs. Productsinclude texture squares thatlet kids explore materialsand weighted police vests forchildren with autism. Whenkids fidget or need handtherapy, Richardson suggestscalming animal Squeeziesfor $2.99.Learning is Fun alsohas tools to improvereading skills. Coloredtransparencies used over apage can help with dyslexia,she says.Whispy, a reading tool for$8.99, is designed to improvepronunciation. A rubber tubeheld like a phone lets kidsread out loud by whisperingin one end and hearingthemselves in the other.When kids need help withlanguage, Gallegos andOwen suggest Tell Tale for$12.99, picture cards thatencourage kids to tell theirown stories.To improve problem-solving and spatial skills,they like Magnetic MightyMind for $22.99. Kids usemagnets to make patternson their own or use cards forsuggestions.Children with visualimpairments enjoytactile toys they canmanipulate, Auerbachwrites. Richardson suggestsmusical instruments liketambourines or clay.Kids who are hard of hearing may like visualtoys like puzzles, matchinggames and construction toys,Auerbach suggests.Learning is Fun alsohas videos and flashcardsfor families interested inlearning sign language.
Larger sizes
In general, when buyingproducts for childrenwith physical disabilities,larger sizes are easier tocontrol, says Richardson.She suggests large TriWriteCrayons, $7.99 for a pack of six pyramid-shaped crayons.“The smaller the item, theharder it is to grasp,” shesays.Children with physicaldisabilities also may benefitfrom toys that respond tosound or by hitting them,according to Auerbach.Gift buyers should considerhow far a child can reach orinteract when buying toys.Many toys are fun for avariety of special needs.Wire and bead toys let kidspush beads along the turnsof a wire. A blind child gainstactile stimulation, whilea child with cerebral palsymight use the toy to gainconfidence.For a similar range of uses,Richardson likes the classicwooden abacus for $19.99, anew product at Learning isFun. It can help kids withmath skills, colors andpatterns and provide visualand tactile stimulation.Building toys are alsofun for kids with a rangeof needs, say Owen andGallegos. Wedgits, multi-dimensional plastic buildingblocks, help with sensory,motor and logic skills aschildren learn which shapesfit together. A starter kitcosts $24.99 at Out of theBlue.Toobers & Zots, $24.99at Out of the Blue, is aconstruction toy made fromsoft foam that can helpbuild strength and give kidscreative license to makewhatever they like, they say.For all kids, Richardsonsuggests Gertie Ballsranging from $4.99-$9.99.The soft, squishy balls areeasy to catch and can be usedindoors. Gertie Knobbie ballshave soft bumps that makethem easier to handle forkids who have trouble withdexterity.
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An Educo wood abacus, which canhelp kids improve math skills andrecognize colors and patterns, sellsfor $19.99 at Learning is Fun.
COURTESY OUT OF THE BLUE
A Wedgits starter kit by ImagAbility costs $24.99at Out of the Blue. The construction toy can helpbuild motor, logic and sensory skills.
GREG SORBER/JOURNAL
TriWrite Crayons are $7.99 at Learningis Fun. Larger crayons can be easier tograsp.
GREG SORBER/JOURNAL
Ashley Therapy Squeezies sell for $2.99 atLearning is Fun. The hand therapy toys providefidget relief for kids.
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earls have enjoyed ablue jeans-to-eveninggown versatility foryears, but today’s newcolors and styles make themeven more fashionable thanever and promise somethingto please any taste.From a classic whitestrand necklace to amulticolored bracelet to apendant or earrings, pearlsare a perfect gift this holidayseason, local jewelers say.“They’re a fantastic giftbecause they go with anyoutfit a woman can considerwearing,” says Eric Shelton,president of Shelton Jewelersin Albuquerque.“You can never go wronggiving a pearl gift toanybody.”Bernie Butterfield of Butterfield Jewelers agrees.“Pearls are one of the thingsthat never, ever go out of style,” the Albuquerquepearl expert says. “Day in,day out, you can wear themfor the most dressy to themost casual occasion.”Many different types of pearls are available now,from natural to cultured,round to cross-shaped andclassic white to bright red.Most pearls sold todayare cultured pearls, createdwhen a foreign body isinserted into the tissueof an oyster or mollusk.Freshwater cultured pearlsgrow in mollusks in lakesand rivers in China; eachmollusk can produce up to 50pearls at a time. Freshwaterpearls also can be color-enhanced to appear in colorsfrom chocolate brown tovivid red and can be grownin different shapes, such asa cross.Saltwater cultured pearls,on the other hand, areproduced individually inoysters and are rarer, of higher quality — rounderand with a higher luster — and more valuable. Akoyapearls come in creams,pinks, whites and silvers.Tahitian pearls, grown inthe South Pacific, are theonly naturally black pearls.Meanwhile, large golden orwhite South Sea pearls areprized for their size, beautyand rarity.Human-made pearls havenever seen the inside of amollusk and are made froma glass bead coated in a fishscale-and-polymer material.
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Pearl jewelry prices varyas widely as the types of pearls available.“There are pearls inreally any price range acustomer is looking for,”says Ron Beauchamp, ownerof Beauchamp Jewelers inAlbuquerque.Beauchamp carries stretchbracelets made from 10 mmChinese cultured pearls forabout $30, for example, butalso offers a 17-inch strandof black Tahitian pearlsfor $6,160. At Butterfield,a strand of Akoya pearlssells for $695 to $5,000 forthe large 9 mm beads whilea pearl drop necklace runsfrom $195 to $695.Local stores have plenty of selection from affordable toextravagant, and choices areplentiful in the under $500category, Beauchamp says.Some popular pearlfashions this year include15-inch choker-lengthnecklaces; strands of multi-colored pearls, either
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