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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Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Toddlers

December 17, 2012

A Reporter asks, “What do you have for last minute stocking stuffers for a two year old?”

We think puzzles are a great toy for any youngster and one of our favorite educational puzzles for two-year olds is our Giant Circle Puzzle. This 11-inch round puzzle has 8 jumbo interlocking pieces with eight bold colors. The big pieces are easy for youngsters to grasp and fit together, and the puzzle can provide an everyday activity for a child to work on independently or with the help of a parent.

TAG Toys Giant Circle Puzzle

Giant Circle Puzzle from TAG Toys

Working with puzzles, children develop fine motor coordination skills and learn how to tell apart shapes and sizes in the context of working towards a goal.  This stocking stuffer gift recommendation is available online from TAG Toys and overnight shipping options are available.

TAG Toys is an environmentally friendly family-run business making high quality educational Toys in the USA. If you are looking for a gift for a girl or a boy TAG Toys has great toys for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Birthdays. Please visit www.TAGToys.com

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Math Toys are an Educational Gift for Kids

November 9, 2012

We are told, and then asked,  “You have too many toys, can you tell me what would be a great gift for a four-year old?”

Parents who are looking to really give their youngsters a head start for school can start helping them learn about and appreciate numbers as early as possible. The TAG Toys Math Skills Puzzle is a great tool that helps children make the transition over from simple shapes and color puzzles into something that will benefit them for years to come.

TAG Toys Math Skills Puzzle

Math Skills Puzzle from TAG Toys

The TAG Toys Math Skills Number Puzzle is a math readiness skill combination learning center with a number puzzle, 20 counting beads, a reversible chalkboard, and a connect-the-dot stencil that helps introduce children to  real numbers.

This popular educational puzzle helps children learn to recognize, name and write numbers, and parents can use this to help their child learn to count in sequence and practice solving simple addition and subtraction problems. The TAG Toys Math Skills Number Puzzle is available at specialty children’s toy stores and boutiques nationwide as well as at TAGToys.com

TAG Toys is a family company making hand crafted Toys in the USA such as baby blocks, educational toys for infants, and sorting toys for kids. Please visit www.TAGToys.com


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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