Autism and Early Intervention

April 1, 2014

by Larry Mestyanek, Ph.D. – President, TAG Toys, Inc.

Early intervention with an autistic child has proven to be the most promising approach for stimulating normal development. Like all infants and toddlers the primary source for stimulating physical and mental development for an autistic child is through the basic senses of seeing, hearing, touching and movement. The stimulation of these senses is the basis for more advanced learning.

The human brain is the only organ not fully developed at birth. The human brain actually grows as a result of stimulation from the environment. The growth is not an increase in the number of brain cells or the size of the brain but in the formation of dendrites which are extensions from a brain cell that create connections between and among other brain cells. These connections are pathways whereby information is learned and stored in memory. With repeated stimulation these pathways solidify and strengthen. This is the basis of intelligence.

Every infant and in particular the autistic child who cannot yet speak, read or write depends on building sensory sub skills to allow for more complex learning. Developing these sub skills is accomplished first by sensory input from the environment followed by sensory output from the child. The next step is the manipulation of the environment through movement. There is no greater reward (positive reinforcement) for a child than to cause an effect in his or her world. This is why children grasp, push and pull, twist and turn, and mimic observed behavior.

We all have heard the real estate maxim – location, location, location. With learning the maxim is sub skills, sub skills, sub skills.

TAG Toys are specifically designed to target the development of sub skills basic for more advanced leaning. A child is born into a 3 dimensional world and must begin learning in the third dimension. This is why all of the TAG Toys are what we call “manipulatives”. Toys that are played with, handled, touched, moved, “manipulated” and in the process providing the stimulation that causes the brain cell extensions (dendrites) to grow and strengthen.

The products most successful with the autistic child in developmental order are:
 Spin-Around Glitter Drum
 Geo Form Boards
 First Blocks
 Giant Knob Shape Puzzle
 Amazing Tracker
 Maple Shape Sorter
 Shape Sorter with Mirror
 Hide and Seek Teddy Bear Puzzle
 Memory Circles
 Tumble Down Counting Pegs
 Motor Shapes Sequence Board
 Size and Shape Comparison Puzzle
 Watch Me Count! Number Puzzle
 I Can Spell! Alphabet Puzzle
 Lock Box Memory Game
 Locks and Latches Activity Board
 Hobby and Art Table

TAG Toys is an environmentally friendly, family company that proudly hand crafts hundreds of educational toys in the USA, including toys that help children learn to spell and count. Please visit www.TAGToys.com

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Toys that Teach Personal Safety and Home Security

December 2, 2012

A reporter writes, “We are doing a lifestyle show and are looking for gift ideas that help keep kids and families safe and secure. Do you have any toys that help teach children about personal safety or home security?”

We have several toys that are designed to help teach youngsters about safety through independent play, and also can be used as a tool by parents to kick-start an important ongoing discussion about personal security and home safety.

Lock Box Memory Game from TAG Toys

TAG Toys Lock Box Memory Game: This high-quality hand-crafted solid hardwood lock box has three separate compartments, and ten doors and latches. Kids can put trinkets into each of the separate compartments and look for the items  through the different doors. The lock box has a sturdy handle and entertains children for long periods of time.

TAG Toys Lock and Latch Activity Board: This free standing, lock and latch variety board has many common everyday types of latches, locks and switches, and is used to help fine-tune children’s motor skills and develop hand-eye coordination. The activity board helps kids develop muscle strength and finger dexterity, and parents can use it for discussions about everything from turning off lights, to locking and unlocking doors.

TAG Toys is a family business making environmentally friendly, hand-crafted wood Toys in the USA. Whether you are shopping for girls or boys TAG Toys has perfect gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Birthdays for kids of all ages. Please visit www.TAGToys.com

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The Most Fabulous Toys for Kids This Holiday

October 31, 2012

A reporter asks… “What type of fabulous products do you have for Kids this holiday?”

We have hundreds of fabulous high-quality, hand-crafted childhood educational toys that make great gifts for babies, toddlers, kids and young children. We hope you can find a way to include something from our Toy Collection in your upcoming segment about fabulous gifts for kids this holiday season.

TAG Toys Lower Case Alphabet Puzzle

Lower Case Alphabet Puzzle from TAG Toys

Some of our favorites we are recommending for families this holiday include the Two Line Personalized Name Puzzle, which has the child’s first and last name carved into individual letters, the Cat Puzzle which helps toddlers learn about colors and shapes, and our classic Wooden Alphabet Puzzle. These are fun wholesome toys that last a lifetime and also becomes a timeless childhood keepsakes whose sentimental value increases year after year.

TAG Toys Wooden Cat Bank

Wooden Cat Bank from TAG Toys

TAG Toys is an environmentally friendly, family company making hand crafted Toys in the USA including puzzles for toddlers, and language development toys for children. Visit www.TAGToys.com


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