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March 17, 2016

Occupational therapist, Meghan Dooley recommends developmental toys for infants

Meghan Dooley MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, likes this list of 6 developmental toys for little ones.  The article highlights toys that provide sensory exploration opportunities and help to promote the development of a variety of skills, including fine motor, visual motor and cognitive skills. 

The list includes: 

  • Developmental Rattles
  • Muscial Toys
  •  Shape Sorters
  • Cuddle Toys
  • Blocks
  • Object Permanence Toys

Meghan recommends these products often:

  • The NogginStik‚Ñ¢ is a great toy to help promote visual tracking, grasping and object manipulation. Not only is it designed with high-contrast colors (which are easier for infants to see), but the top of the rattle lights up to draw an infant‚Äôs attention to the rattle and is a great tool to practice visual tracking. The top even lights up when the child bats at it, which may encourage reaching and batting/grasping. The handle of the rattle is a great size for infants to practice grasping and the different textures on the rattle provide an opportunity for sensory exploration.  It is available at  

  • The Laugh & Learn‚Ñ¢ Cookie Shape Surprise‚Ñ¢ is also a great developmental toy. It provides infants and children the opportunity to work on color and shape recognition, grasping skills, as well as visual motor coordination. This shape sorter also plays music and phrases when shapes are inserted, which is reinforcing and motivating for the child.  It is available at  

Click here for the full article.  

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