Teaching Toy Box

Welcome to the Teaching Toy Box, where ordinary games and toys can change a child's life.

While we are all familiar with the high cost of effective, evidence-based treatment for autism, many of us remain unaware of the hidden costs of Applied Behavior Analysis – materials needed to administer the programs. By accessing items through the Teaching Toy Box, Behavior Analysts will be able to assist families by providing the necessary tools to ensure the best outcomes for their children in therapy.

Availability of every day toys and autism specific learning materials can have a significant impact on the depth, speed and quality of a home-based Applied Behavior Analysis (or ABA) program. Items like a dress-up costume can be used not only to teach a child with autism about occupations, but it can also be used to teach language through peer interaction and pretend play, sequencing, and identification. While simple games like Candy Land might be a fun family night pick for most of us, for children with Autism it can become a motivating and engaging way to master colors, counting, matching skills, turn taking, and receptive language. Even a simple wooden block sets can be used to teach matching, sequencing and imitation by replicating block design. All of these toys and others are fantastic for teaching leisure play skills, something that many of our children have difficulty learning and generalizing.

Teaching Toy Box is a collaborative community outreach effort between Winston's Wish Foundation, the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and USC School of Medicine Center for Disability Resources, and is available to children with autism residing in South Carolina who are receiving ABA services in a home-based program. Here, parents and professionals will find the materials they need in order to more effectively treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

How can you help? There are many ways to help support the Teaching Toy Box. Hold a toy drive, have a bake sale and donate the proceeds or become a Birthday Buddy! Winston's Wish also accepts cash donations and gift cards earmarked for this initiative. Simply click the Make a Donation tab or mail a check with your wishes attached. We will take care of the rest. Do you know a family who would benefit from participating in the Teaching Toy Box initiative? Download an application packet by clicking the download link below. Everything you need is included!

DOWNLOAD TEACHING TOY BOX APPLICATION

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support the Toy Drive, please click the Make a Donation button below. You will be redirected to PayPal's website where you can make a donation using a PayPal account or a credit card, and then you will be returned to this site. Thanks!

Questions? Please contact us at info@winstonswishfoundation.com or by using the contact form to the right.