Top Special Needs - Pretend Play

Pretend play is an important part of therapy in the world of an autistic child. Most children on the autism spectrum do not think figuratively. Because they think in literal terms, they may not understand their neural-typical peers are able to think abstractly. For autistic children, pretend play is a comfortable way to think creatively, to practice social skills, to identify, understand and experience different emotions and to problem solve.

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  1. Potty Time Elmo

    Potty Time Elmo

    from Hasbro

    •  18 mos+

    With Potty Time Elmo from Hasbro, toddlers and preschoolers can help Elmo go to the potty while learning about potty time themselves.

    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  2. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center
    •  3+

    Kids 3+ can pretend to be just like Doc McStuffins with this interactive playset that features lights and sounds.

    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  3. Rocket

    Rocket

    from Green Toys

    •  2+

    Kids 2+ can pretend to have all sorts of space adventures with this eco-friendly toy rocket with two astronaut figures.

    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  4. Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Deluxe Mountaintop Supply Run
    •  3+

    Thomas fans 3+ can build and rebuild a two-level train track for Thomas with this 40-piece, easy-to-use set.

    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  5. Imaginext Monsters University Scare Floor
    •  3+

    Fans of Monsters University ages 3–8 can recreate scenes from the movie and imagine all-new scare adventures with this playset.

    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  6. Playmobil Take Along School
    •  29.99
    •  4+

    What's effective with the Playmobil Take Along School in this area is that in addition to pretend play, kids also get more comfortable with their school environment by role-playing. Pretend play is…

  7. Grow With Me Kitchen

    Grow With Me Kitchen

    from Fisher-Price

    •  75.00
    •  18 mos+

    The Fisher-Price play kitchen is also a great tool for pretend play. A lot of kids with special needs also have special diets, playing with kitchen-type toys can get them more comfortable with food…

  8. Caillou 10-Piece Medical Kit

    Caillou 10-Piece Medical Kit

    from Imports Dragon

    •  19.99
    •  3+

    Many kids with special needs make frequent trips to the doctor. Using pretend play skills and imagination, parents can help them get more comfortable with the doctor or hospital surroundings. Because…

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