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Terri Mauro

Toy Store Caters to Kids With Special Needs

By April 8, 2010

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Ability StationWhat do you do when you don't know which toys you can trust for your child with special needs? Most of us might grumble, or try and fail and spend again; Matt McGhie opened his own toy store. "Special Toys for Special Needs is the slogan," he explains. "We like to think of it as a safe zone for parents of kids with special needs. Each toy has some value and can help develop some motor skill or satisfy a need. Each toy is also approved by a licensed therapist as bringing value to a child's development. If it isn't productive, we don't carry it."

At Ability Station's online store, you can search for toys by brand, category, disability, price, motor area, age, and type. Learn more about what inspired McGhie to start his business in a recent addition to my Enterprising Parents profiles. Then check out profiles of other stores started by parents of children with autism.

Are you an Enterprising Parent? If you have a business that was inspired by your child's special needs, leave a link in the comments and I'll consider you for inclusion.

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August 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(1) Melissa Henry says:

Hi Mrs. Terri Mauro! My name is Melissa Henry, I started an online toy store that is called Momo’s Special Toys because of my son Aydan. Aydan is a child with special needs. When Aydan was 20 months old his therapist told me to buy a chewy tube and I went all over town to buy one and I finally decided to contact his therapist to tell her that I couldn’t find it… I was so naive. So I decided to open an online toy store for kids with special needs. Also, I do same- day home delivery within 10 miles from my office and I set-up Toy fair at preschool so parents can have a better access to therapeutic products. My goal is to open the first toy store that caters to children with special needs here in the Atlanta, GA area where I live, I am just waiting for my loan approval :) Please consider my online toy store. Thank you!

January 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(2) Melissa henry says:

Hi! This is an update about the toy store I have opened in Marietta, Ga. i would just like to say that I have opened the first toy store the sells items that are highly recommended by speech therapist and occupational therapist for in-home threrapy. The store is located on 2323 Shallowford RD. Marietta, GA 30066. Stop by if you live near by. The store is called Momo’s Special Toys and we are online also.

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