Sunday, August 12, 2007

Discovery Toys to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

For 28 years, Discovery Toys has focused on learning through play, delivering countless products specifically designed to maximize learning moments across age groups and skill categories. The most effective learning environment for any child is one tailored to that child’s specific needs at each stage of development.Discovery Toys has interfaced with the famous Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) to raise hope and skill levels of children with Autism with a comprehensive development support program, helping parents of children with Autism understand the most commonly shared learning difficulties and select the most appropriate playthings and activities to support tailored development programs.Is your family touched by autism? Very possibly.Facts and figures about autism:1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism;A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes;Autism receives less than 5% of the public funding contributed each year to fight all major childhood diseases;There will be more cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosed each year than all major childhood diseases combined.Discovery Toys can help.For children with autism, the diversity and breadth of learning opportunities offered by Discovery Toys® products supports the basic skill needs of the child with autism and builds bridges to the next skill level, regardless of the child’s age. Dr. Patricia Krantz, Ph.D., Executive Director of PCDI, attests to the value of the company’s playthings in treatment programs. “Toys are a vital component of many intervention programs. Children with autism learn best when learning is wrapped up as fun. We have incorporated Discovery Toys® products into our teaching strategies for many years.” This collection of product, along with resources to guide parents in selecting the right toys and understanding how to use them, is now available directly to families of children with Autism for use in the home.All Discovery Toys customers now have the opportunity to join the company’s initiative to assist children with autism by purchasing a dual set of Discovery Toys gift wrap, called “It’s a Wrap! Special Moments Wrap”. For each set purchased, the company will donate 50 cents to a non-profit organization benefiting children with autism.For more detailed information on how Discovery Toys playthings can benefit children with autism, contact Christie Jarvis at 1-866-945-TOYS or DiscoveryToys@christiejarvis.comAbout Discovery ToysDiscovery Toys, Inc. is the leading direct seller of educational toys, books, and games for children, personalizing the toy purchase experience through a network of over 26,000 Educational Consultants in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1978 with a two-fold mission, Discovery Toys strives to enhance the lives of children by providing developmentally appropriate products that make learning fun and to offer parents flexible home-based businesses as Educational Consultants that allow them to spend more time with their children. Discovery Toys was founded in 1978 by Lane Nemeth, who created the company’s signature products, such as the volumetrically correct MEASURE UP!® Cups – a bestseller for over 25 years, with more than 2 million units sold. The company has received 172 awards from nationally recognized educators and parenting organizations. Discovery Toys, Inc., based in Livermore, California, is a subsidiary of EOS International, Inc. Educational Consultant, Christie Jarvis can be found by calling 1-866-945-TOYS (8697) or visiting www.christiejarvis.comAbout Dr. Krantz and the Princeton Child Development Institute.The Princeton Child Development Institute, founded in 1970, is a private, nonprofit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. The Institute not only provides quality treatment, education, and professional training and mentoring in New Jersey, but also through its research, has pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism. Dr Krantz, Executive Director of PCDI, has published many journal articles and book chapters and co-authored the books, “Activity schedules for children with Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior” and “Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism: Scripts and Script-fading.”