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AblePlay is a project of the National Lekotek Center.

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Toy Evaluations and Ratings

The AblePlay Product Evaluation is a review process which provides unparalleled information about a product and its ability to help children with skill development. It is conducted by AblePlay evaluators who have backgrounds in special education, early childhood education, or related therapeutic disciplines and have been previously certified by the National Lekotek Center. A major part of the evaluation process involves using the toys or play products with children of all abilities that participate in the Lekotek family play sessions.

  • Quantifiable results gathered from assessment
  • Tabulation of data and translation into star rating
  • Product recognition on the AblePlay.org website

Upon completion of the evaluation process the data is tallied and a rating is assigned in each of five categories: cognitive, communicative, physical, sensory and social/emotional. Product recognition on the AblePlay.org website will include an “at-a-glance” review of the skills, play ideas and adaptations of the product from the AblePlay evaluation.

Companies will be notified of their rating and at that time they will receive a customized AblePlay Lifetime Rating seal with the product’s ratings and serial number. Companies will be given the seal to use on internal or external marketing pieces, website or packaging for the lifetime of their product.

Great Find is a supplemental category of AblePlay that focuses on reviewing products that do not fall into the toy category.  Items that are candidates for Great Finds include products that can aid, better access, or enhance activities in "play" or "everyday living" for families who have children with special needs. Some examples are products that can increase independence, inclusion, safety or convenience for children with special needs and their family.

Great Find checkmarks are given in five categories:  cognitive, communicative, physical, sensory and social/emotional.

Toy and related product manufacturers can learn more about Toy Evaluations and Ratings at www.ableplay.org or call 773-528-5766 ext. 401.