My mother and I were casually out shopping together. The first time we've been able to get together in weeks due to illness. We splurged on a Starbucks coffee and toured Barnes and Noble - for nothing in particular, just because we could. We naturally gravitate towards children related sections at just about any place we go. An internal drive to search out toys and activities for Noah since he's so physically limited and we remain so eager to find things he can play and be entertained with. It's so easy now to find things for Luke - it's even growing increasingly more fun since Luke is now past the baby stage of toys and moving into early childhood toys - something that to this day proves to be challenging for Noah because most toys geared towards his capabilities are designed sadly for babies.
remained focused on the Melissa and Doug toys, they have so many neat
puzzles and toys that incorporate fine motor skills. And she stumbled
on a new toy that I hadn't seen before called the Melissa and Doug
Wooden Vehicles and Traffic Signs. See if you can spot what I found
It's the handicapped parking
sign. Something that most toy manufacturers don't include. You
certainly aren't going to see a superhero in a wheelchair next to
Spiderman and Batman. It's rare, that anything having to do with
anything special needs shows up amongst typical toys. But sure enough
there it was handicapped accessible parking sign. Way to go Melissa and
Doug! Something so small, yet something so BIG!
Do you know
how many little boys and girls are going to ask mom and dad what that
little sign with the wheelchair means for their vehicles? It's going to
open up conversations and start much needed dialogs with little
developing minds and hearts. (Providing of course that mom and dad
provide educated and loving responses to these questions).
of course Noah's grandmother bought it for the boys - because inclusion
in our house is super important. And after all we are a family that
utilizes handicapped parking spaces. That is our normal. So toys that
incorporate how our life is for us is very normal and healthy for both
our children. The elephant in the room shouldn't ever be Noah's
wheelchair or the needs that go with his diagnosis.
love to see more of these types of toys that don't fail to forget this
important part of play and inclusion. So for now, we're celebrating our
tiny handicapped parking sign toy.
Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.