As an SEN mother I need to be able to depict all of Edo’s disabilities in order for him to receive the correct and deserved support he needs. But one thing that still irritates me is when a professional, either in the medical or educational sector, will assess him for an hour or so by giving him standard, and quite frankly babyish toys, and conclude he has no ability for imaginative play. They even fooled me, as his mother, for some time, as I hadn’t yet realised what toys Edo should be exposed to and what would inspire and excite him.
So, thank goodness for edx education toys. The brand has been a staple in our household for over 3 years now. Our first set was the Rainbow Pebbles. I had no idea these pebbles would open up his play and world as much as they did. We moved on swiftly to the Maths Linking Cubes, the Clear Junior Rainbow Pebbles, and the Fun Play Number Rods. Within minutes of Edo looking at the selection, and obviously plotting something beautiful in his mind, he instantly got to work. I had no idea what he was creating at first, though it's never clear to me initially as his brain works so differently. But, after some time, I realised he had transformed these objects into a stunning colour coordinated pattern and placed th em symmetrically around our coffee table.
EDX education allows all kids to explore and use their skills to learn. Every product has immense potential and versatility to it. We initially used the Transparent Letters and Numbers to learn the alphabet and how to count to ten. We are now using this same set to introduce the concept of spelling and reading to Edo. Edx education toys are incredibly inclusive and adaptable. There is no one way to use them, meaning, for example, that if your kid responds better to learning in water, you can even use the transparent letters in the bath! EDX education toys are a resource. They allow every child, no matter their developmental level, to learn to create, be inquisitive and analyse things.
The Geo Pegs and Board brought much laughter to our household. Having bought him the set thinking it would be great for lining up, Edo proudly presented the board, with a geo stick in each hole and proceeded to sing (hum and mumble) ‘happy birthday’. He had created a birthday cake! He then ran upstairs to get his toy knife and pretended to cut the foam board into pieces to share with us all. This is the extent Edx education toys will encourage your children’s imagination. No day is the same either. The next time he played with the geo sticks, he stacked them upwards, creating towers. Edo then went to get his ball to knock them all down, bringing him so much pleasure and laughter.
With endless possibilities through Edx education toys, it’s a no brainer for us to continue to expand our collection. Next on our list are the Fruity Fun Counters and the Translucent Shells. My bet is that he’ll rummage through the kitchen drawers to find some sort of sand feeling ingredient to create a seaside resort; but who am I kidding? He has far more imagination than that! Watch this space!
By Erica Loi – @thestarwhisperer
Erica is writer, marketer and entrepreneur and most importantly mummy to two boys, Lupo 3 years old and Edoardo (Edo) 6 years old. Edo is pre verbal with an autism diagnosis. When her world was turned upside down with Edo’s diagnosis, she decided to research, not only therapies but new and wonderful brands that would bring cheer, learning and imagination to her two little ones.
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