Pay special attention to how the toy is activated so that your child / young person might be able to use it without unnecessary frustration.

Consider what force is required as well as the amount of steps that are required to activate the toy. It is important to challenge your child / young person with their play but not so much that it causes them to have a negative experience or give up.

Make sure that the toy will be easy to store and clear away when needed, and take into account whether the toy can be played in various positions with possible restricted movement as is applicable for your child / young person such as lying on their side, or in a wheelchair / buggy / standing frame.

It is important to make sure that the toy does not isolate your child / young person from other children and should feel similar enough to the toys that the other children are playing with. It also helps if the toy ties in with other activities such as books and art sets, which helps to make your child feel included or part of something.

Make sure that the toy allows your child to make choices or react to something, creating an environment that allows the child to develop their emotions and come to terms with it.

Every child / young person is different, some might prefer louder noises to others, others may respond better to colour. The toy should be able to appeal and adjust to the changing natures of your child and as they develop and grow.

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