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Down syndrome dolls

Posted in Toys by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on June 25, 2008

There’s an interesting report in The Times today about dolls designed to reflect disability or illnesses in children. I’m in two minds about them. One the one hand I can see how they would be very useful educationally for a child, but I can understand the point made by Jenni Smith, a chartered educational psychologist, when she notes that the dolls also emphasize the difference.

Also, they are revoltingly twee. 🙂

Given our son’s love of babies (and wanting to encourage his interest in our forthcoming new arrival) we recently bought him a small doll and there’s no way I would have considered a Down’s syndrome doll. Of course my attitude could change as and when our second child comes along and starts to show an interest in toys, but I think it’s important not to define a child by the fact that it has Down’s syndrome.

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  1. […] find a single toy directed specifically at children with special needs (although that might be a good thing). The only difference is that some childern might use them at a different age to […]


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