Children's toy stories

For some children like Matthew, Grace and Jenna, who have hearing and vision impairments, toys can play an additional and highly important role by acting as “objects of reference.”

GraceGrace

Five-year-old Grace loves swimming and her family and teachers will give her an alligator when it’s time to go to the pool to show what they’re about to do.
Read Grace's story

Illustration of a football, alligator with Santa hat, jigsaw

JennaJenna

When it’s time to go out, Jenna's family give Jenna her Fairy Dolly, to show what they’re about to do.
Read Jenna's story

Illustration of lego pieces and monkey

MatthewMatthew

When his support worker at his local Sense centre realised that Matthew copied everything his toy monkey did, she used Teddy to teach him to sign.
Read Matthew's story

Illustration of a football, alligator with Santa hat, jigsaw

Abi holding a light stick toy
Abi

In a special blog post, mum Tracy Cook, whose five year old Abi is deafblind, gives some hints and tips on what toys work best for children with sight and hearing impairments.

 

 

First published: Tuesday 11 November 2014
Updated: Tuesday 22 December 2015