Columbus, Ohio — In a bid to help children on the autism spectrum understand toys that usually don’t make much sense to them, leading toy company Hasbro has partnered with The Autism Project to come up with a solution.
The solution Hasbro and The Autism Project came up with was the “ToyBox Tools” initiative– a project that aims to teach children with autism how to play with toys.
The initiative features videos and images that help the children understand how the toys work and, ideally, how they could have fun with them.
Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact for Hasbro, Karen Davis, said that knowing how to play with the classic toys may not be inherently intuitive for the children on the spectrum. Davis told:
“To be able to help this group of kids means an awful lot to us. We’re really looking forward to seeing where this goes.”
The “Toybox Tools” features a series of Mr. Potato Head videos that introduces the children to the toys, and later on shows them creative ways of assembling them as well as how they could play with the toys with other children.
“ToyBox Tools” features eight of Hasbro’s classic toys. The initiative was launched Wednesday at the OCALICON 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.
The original article on the Oregon Live website can be found here
Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta