Chicago Toy and Game Week (ChiTAG)will once again offer families with special needs free early access to its marquee consumer fair thanks to partnerships with Playfoam and the Neighborhood Parents Network, a nonprofit that connects a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. In addition to allowing families to enjoy the fair an hour before doors open to the general public, The Super Power Sensory Hour will also give parents a unique experience of toys and games like Playfoam, which have particular value to those with special needs. Squishy, squashy, mess-free Playfoam, from educational toy company, Educational Insights, is heralded by parents, therapists, teachers and kids for promoting sensory and tactile development, enabling kids to express themselves and relieve stress.
This year, ChiTAG welcomes influential occupational therapist, Helen Sadovsky, founder of Toy Ideas (www.toy-ideas.com). Sadovsky is a pediatric occupational therapist and uses her Instagram channel, @toy-ideas, to share innovative developmental toys for children. She is also the creator of Personalized Toy Ideas, a service providing parents with appropriate toy suggestions specifically for their child’s interests, play skills, and abilities. She will be on hand as the host of the the Super Power Sensory Hour to interact with participating families, answer their questions and showcase the fair’s best offerings for kids with special needs.