Top Special Needs – Pretend Play

Pretend play is an important part of therapy in the world of an autistic child. Most children on the autism spectrum do not think figuratively. Because they think in literal terms, they may not understand their neural-typical peers are able to think abstractly. For autistic children, pretend play is a comfortable way to think creatively, to practice social skills, to identify, understand and experience different emotions and to problem solve.

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  1. Potty Time Elmo

    from Hasbro for ages 18 months and up

    MSRP: $29.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: With Potty Time Elmo from Hasbro, toddlers and preschoolers can help the 12-inch Elmo go to the potty while learning about potty time…

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    Potty Time Elmo
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  2. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center

    from Just Play for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $79.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center is a terrific new roleplay toy for kids who want to be just like Doc McStuffins and…

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    Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center
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  3. Rocket

    from Green Toys for ages 2 and up

    MSRP: $24.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Rich, imaginary space adventure awaits with the Rocket from Green Toys. This 100-percent recycled plastic toy Rocket comes with two…

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    Rocket
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  4. Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Deluxe Mountaintop Supply Run

    from Fisher-Price for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $129.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Deluxe Mountaintop Supply Run comes with 40 pieces that kids can assemble in different…

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    Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Deluxe Mountaintop Supply Run
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  5. Imaginext Monsters University Scare Floor

    from Fisher-Price for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $45.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Kids can practice their scaring techniques with the Imaginext Monsters University Scare Floor, based on the movie Monsters University.…

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    Imaginext Monsters University Scare Floor
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  6. Playmobil Take Along School

    from Playmobil for ages 4 and up

    MSRP: $29.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: What's effective with the Playmobil Take Along School in this area is that in addition to pretend play, kids also get more comfortable…

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    Playmobil Take Along School
  7. Grow With Me Kitchen

    from Fisher-Price for ages 18 months and up

    MSRP: $75.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The Fisher-Price play kitchen is also a great tool for pretend play. A lot of kids with special needs also have special diets, playing…

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    Grow With Me Kitchen
  8. Caillou 10-Piece Medical Kit

    from Imports Dragon for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $19.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Many kids with special needs make frequent trips to the doctor. Using pretend play skills and imagination, parents can help them get…

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    Caillou 10-Piece Medical Kit

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