Toys for Autism
In 2009, we noticed an increase in families calling and visiting our store, seeking out special toys for their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We listened to our customers requests and decided to take our involvement in helping these families in a more pointed direction. We now carry several more products that benefit children with ASD and their families. We also started reaching out to local community organizations and began offering direct help.
Totally Kids provides a valuable part of an Autistic child's natural development in the toys they play with every day. These toys will specifically help them with motor and communication skills. Examples of items that prove to be helpful include: sensory toys, toys with texture, puzzles, books, rocking horses, calming bean bag chairs, and many other common items. For a complete list of items and any other questions, call (952) 881-2425.
Toys for Autism: Recycling Drive to Benefit Local Autistic Children
Recycling is not just limited to items made of plastic, paper, and glass. Thousands of products still valuable to many people are thrown out every year, including toys. Families are encouraged to stop into Totally Kids to donate their gently used and new toys to be “recycled” to families in need. This is an ongoing toy drive and donations are accepted year round during our regular business hours.
This ongoing toy drive is intended to give families an outlet to recycle toys that their children no longer use without having to throw them away. The donated toys are then redistributed to families that are economically challenged by the affects of Autism. Most notably, these items are going to organizations such as; Minnesota Autism Center, Autism Society of Minnesota, Fraser Services and Lionsgate Academy and their patrons.
While raising awareness of this disorder and its growing numbers in the community, we provide families with toys that can help their children immediately. We hope to make a lasting impact on a personal level as well as a community level, benefiting both people and our environment.