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.
2020 date coming soon ...
The Interprofessional Toy Fair & Expo is held annualy during the month of October or November. Please check back in the Spring for the 2020 date.
Registration is open to all families who receive ECI services. To register, please contact Sarah McDonald at (806) 219-0500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Ambucs, Betenbough Homes, Phi Kappa Phi, and Superior HealthPlan for their generous contribution to the Interprofessional Toy Fair & Expo! We appreciate your support.
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 this event because it was a simple and fun way to work with other students from different programs at the HSC and be able to benefit the young families of the community at the same time."
"I enjoyed applying knowledge of what we learn in class to parents' everyday lives."
"It really made me think about parent language and get more comfortable speaking about therapeutic interventions in a simple way."