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National Lekotek Center

Brief Description of Your Organization's Activities:: 

Lekotek uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life. National Lekotek Center nurtures the replication of the Lekotek model nationwide. The network is currently comprised of 35 affiliates that offer the traditional Lekotek model of programs, including the play session, toy lending libraries and oftentimes, Compuplay programs, and a myriad of unique programs that meet the diverse needs of the families within the context of their own suburban, urban and rural communities. 

Lekotek's primary services to families are one hour play sessions. During monthly play sessions, Lekotek Leaders focus on facilitating family interactions through play. Specially selected, and often adapted, toys are used to promote family connections and enjoyment. Since the toys are selected specifically for the needs of the particular child, he or she is able to be a full participant in his or her play experiences and the family can revel in the success and satisfaction gained by the child. At the end of each session, the family borrows 5-10 toys (this amount varies depending on the Lekotek program) to be used in their home. Parents have seen the toys demonstrated and they have been given creative play ideas so they can engage in fun playtime at home as a family.

This organization specializes in toy and play adaptation, training, toy industry consultation and play product evaluations.

Contact: Deidre Omahen

2001 N. Clybourn,
Chicago, IL, 60614
Telephone: 773-528-5766
Email: domahen@lekotek.org
Website: www.lekotek.org or www.ableplay.org

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