TOYBOX TOOLS COLLABORATION WITH HASBRO & THE AUTISM PROJECT
Hasbro and The Autism Project team up to introduce ToyBox Tools, a free online resource where caregivers and educators can find tools to make play easier and more accessible for children with developmental disabilities. ToyBox Tools is a collaboration connecting evidence-based practices with classic Hasbro toys.
ToyBox Tools can help children experience the joy of play with three levels of tools available for those who need support: basic play, expanding play and social play levels.
Parents and caregivers can visit the ToyBox Tools site, access the tools they need, download and print them for use at home or in the classroom. Each level caters to different aspects of play that children may need help with, like simply introducing the toy and how to use it, experiencing alternative ways to play with a toy and encouraging turn-taking with peers. ToyBox Tools recognizes that parents and caregivers know their child’s ability best and encourages them to use their judgment in selecting the right product and level of play appropriate for their child.
Supportive tools are included for the following classic Hasbro products:
• Classic Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
• Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase
• Play-Doh Animal Duffel Bag
• Play Doh Drill 'N Fill
• Elefun Busy Ball Popper
• Rescue Bots Rescue Assortment
• Connect 4
Choose one of the classic Hasbro toys at www.toyboxtools.com with accompanying Play Book, Play Mat (when necessary), Video and supports. Our "How To" Tool Kit will assist you as you set up the play scenario.
"HOW TO" TOOL KIT
Use the materials in our "How To" Tool Kit to help you incorporate the instructional Play Books, instructional Videos, Play Mats and more to support play. The "How To" Teach Tip Sheets detail how to teach the child to use the NEW Countdown Timers, FIRST/THEN Boards, Turn Taking, Help, Wait and Break Cards available at www.toyboxtools.hasbro.com The Cards are designed with popular Hasbro, Inc. toy characters and will hold chidlren's interest as they learn to use these important tools. The colorful and engaging cards are available as a FREE PDF download at ToyBox Tools.
Below is a collection of Tip Sheets written to provide you with clear instructions for you to reference when introducing new supports to your child(ren) or students. These "How To" Teach Tip Sheets will guide you so you are confident to use the important supports with your child(ren) or students.
The ToolKit includes:
HOW TO TEACH TIP SHEETS
How to Teach the "HELP Card"
Teaching a child to initiate help from others is an essential life skill. Children that do not know how to request help may just wait for someone to come to them or “act out” to show they need help. Either way, an adult can teach a functional approach to ask for help. When a child is struggling and her frustration is increasing, her ability to communicate will decrease. A visual HELP Card will cue the child to seek assistance and will give her a means to communicate.
How to Teach the "WAIT Card"
Teaching a child to wait is a valuable skill. Children must wait their turn in games, conversations, at the grocery store and in many other daily expectations. Waiting is a life skill.
How to Teach the "BREAK Card"
Knowing when and how to be angry is a skill many children struggle to learn. As a result, children benefit from direct teaching on how to manage their emotions. In the beginning, an adult should initially label the emotion, describe the body’s response and teach when a BREAK is necessary. This teaching will take time for a child to learn and to develop as a new routine.
How to Teach the "TURN TAKING Card"
TURN TAKING is a life skill necessary for social success in all environments. TURN TAKING is not a skill that develops naturally for many children. Many children need to be taught TURN TAKING skills and offered many opportunities to practice. Teaching TURN TAKING involves many skills such as: 1) a social understanding of why we share; 2) self-regulation skills; 3) what to do when I am waiting; and, 4) knowing when to take a turn. By preparing a child to learn about TURN TAKING you are setting them up for successful play with peers.
How to Teach the "COUNTDOWN TIMER"
Children can struggle with understanding of time passing. Phrases such as, “in a few minutes” “shortly” and “almost done” can cause anxiety and challenges with transition. The Countdown Timer is a visual tool that helps children see the passing of time and prepare children for transitions.
How to Teach the "FIRST/THEN Board"
Understanding the concept of time, order and multiple steps is an important life skill. These skills are the foundation of organizing an activity, your day or a long-term plan. The use of a FIRST/THEN Board is the FIRST step to teaching the important skill of following a schedule.
"How to" INFORMATION SHEETS
This information sheet explains beginning levels of play and the expected skill levels.
Everyday experiences and relationships impact your child’s development and create a pathway for their future growth. Read to learn how play impacts development for all children.
Many biological, psychological, and emotional changes occur from birth to adolescence. Children develop skills at different times, and each developmental milestone has it’s own normal range, however, there is a “typical” timeline that guides doctors, professionals, and parents.
The many new terms used in relation to a diagnosis can be overwhelming. This Information Sheet includes definitions of some of the more common terms and expressions used as related to ASDs.
Structure is often seen as a barrier to a child's development of play skills. Read to learn the important role structure plays for many children for whom play skills don't come easy.