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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.- When it comes to toys and families with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), choosing the appropriate item can be confusing.

Creative Kidstuff has reached out tothe St. David's Center, an organization with an expansive knowledge of ASD and the specialized treatment it provides to children and families to help these families.

Through a new partnership calledCK Autism, Creative Kidstuff had St. David'sevaluate its complete product stock and identify new and unique products or see old favorites in a new light that might be beneficial to children on the spectrum.

Creative Kidstuff's Happi Olson andSarah Rehman, St. Davids' Autism Supervisor joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to explain the new partnership and what families can expect.

St. David's Center approved toys from CK Autism-

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Marble Run Maze Building Set ($39.99)

This Q-Ba-Maze marble run building set can give children an opportunity to learn new skills and engage their creative side as they manipulate the pieces to design and redesign cool and colorful marble runs. This building toy also provides opportunities for social interaction through cooperative play.

Skill Areas:
- Creative Thinking and Imaginative Play
- Sensory Motor Development
- Communication
- Cognition and Problem Solving


Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game ($22.00)

Games provide children with opportunities to learn how to successfully engage with others in a reciprocal, cooperative, turn-taking environment. It offers children opportunities to stretch their minds and abilities through game play thatcan have positive implications for future independent living.

Skill Areas:
- Social Engagement and Interaction
- Sensory Motor Development
- Communication
- Cognition and Problem Solving


Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum ($19.95)

Point to Happy provides a non-verbal child a way to express themselves and to engage with caregivers.

Skill Areas:
- Social Engagement and Interaction
- Emotional Development and Regulation
- Sensory Motor Development
- Communication


Gertie Ball ($6.95 - $12.99)

This Bumpie Gertie Football can be inflated to match children's skill level and the slightly tacky surface facilitates catching. Tossing or rolling this ball back and forth can model turn taking and give-and-take interaction. Ball play also can help children with motor development needs and provide some children with their desired level of physical stimulation.

Skill Areas:

- Social Engagement and Interaction
- Sensory Motor Development


Topanimo Cubes ($28.00)

Topamino Cubes are a St. David's Center staff favorite. These colorful cubes can be used to help children develop in a number of ways including the stacking activity that can aid manual dexterity, the cognitive skill building as children learn which animal fits into which doorway, and the ample opportunities to engage children in symbolic and reciprocal
play.

Skill Areas:
- Social Engagement and Interaction
- Creative Thinking and Imaginative Play
- Sensory Motor Development
- Communication
- Cognition and Problem Solving


Puppets ($5.00 - $70.00)

Puppets, like dolls, can help children learn imitation and emotional expression and inspire them to role play. This Puppet also encourages children to develop hand skills as they make the mouth move. By discussing the puppet's facial features or exploring the expression of different moods, children can gain insight into their own emotional reactions.

Skill Areas:
- Social Engagement and Interaction
- Emotional Development and Regulation
- Creative Thinking and Imaginative Play
- Sensory Motor Development
- Communication
- Cognition and Problem Solving

For more information , head to St. David's Centeror CK Autism

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