Interprofessional Toy Fair & Expo
What is the Interprofessional Toy Fair & Expo?
One of the biggest challenges for a family with an infant/toddler, who has a developmental delay or disability, is selecting and safety using toys to foster growth and development. The TTUHSC Interprofessional Toy Fair & Expo, in partnership with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is held annually each fall for children birth to age 3, who receive early intervention services.
Developmental delays and disabilities, due to an impairment in physical, learning/cognition, communication, or emotional/behavior areas, impact a child’s day-to-day functioning, and often last throughout a person’s lifetime. Playing with toys and reading books is critical when it comes to learning, growth, and development in infants and toddlers. As such, developmental skills are practiced and promoted through play and early literacy activities and engaging with toys and books is a highly effective mode of learning, especially for children with developmental delays or disabilities. One of the biggest challenges for a family with an infant/toddler, with a developmental delay or disability, is selecting and safety using toys to foster child development. Additionally, many families do not have access to books, which are necessary for developing early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten.
During the Toy Fair event, interprofessional teams of TTUHSC students from audiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology educate families on the use of toys to increase physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and self-help development. Participating families enjoy live educational toy demonstrations, receive educational materials about safe use of toys to foster development along with a flip book developed by the students on interactive play, and each child receives a therapeutic toy appreciative to his or her developmental delay or disability as well as new book to take home and read with their families.
2023 Toy Fair Date - October 21, 2023
The Interprofessional Toy Fair & Expo is held annually during the month of October. Registration is open to all families who receive ECI services. To register, please contact Sarah McDonald at (806) 219-0500 or by email at email@example.com.
Monetary donations are accepted on an ongoing basis and used to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for each child. For more information on how to give click here.
What Students Are Saying:
"I enjoyed working with other students from different healthcare professions and working with the children and families. It was awesome to be able to engage with children!"
"The interprofessional experience was great. Learning how to use one toy in multiple ways was a great learning experience."
"I really enjoyed collaborating with all the different professions, especially since I see most of them around campus. I believe this experience was helpful in making me more confident and comfortable in speaking to their professions in the future."