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Lekotek, Swedish for "play library" is an international program to lend Assistive Technology, toys and expertise to disabled children.
The first lekotek opened in 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The first American lekotek opened in Evanston, Illinois in 1980.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/le/Lekotek.html   (134 words)

 Anixter Center > Divisions > National Lekotek Center
Lekotek provides direct services, support and information to children with special needs and their families in resource and play centers that can be found worldwide.
Lekotek is loosely translated as "play library." In the late 1970s, two American special education professionals learned of the Lekotek concept at an educational conference.
Lekotek is expert at the adaptation of commercial toys with special switches and motors to accommodate the needs of the children who have physical disabilities.
www.anixter.org /mediaroom/divisions/lekotek.htm   (999 words)

Lekotek programs also help families get the services and resources they need to support the very challenging work they are doing -- to nurture their children to achieve their full potential.
Lekotek staff helps parents understand the importance of playing, talking, and reading with their children, even during the first few weeks of life.
Lekotek staff show parents how to use toys to develop eye tracking skills, shape recognition, and the capacity to imagine, for example-all skills which are central to literacy development.
collaboratory.nunet.net /itrc/lekotek/core.html   (408 words)

 Home Page, Lekotek of Georgia
The world of Lekotek is one filled with laughter and joy coupled with hard work and personal challenges.
Loosely translated, Lekotek means play library, but to the hundreds of families we help, it is much more.
Lekotek is proud of the support we receive from the Atlanta community as well as from corporations and foundations throughout the United States.
www.lekotekga.org   (289 words)

 Easter Seals Peoria-Bloomington: Lekotek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Lekotek is a resource center that provides support and information to families with children having special needs.
Lekotek is a Swedish word meaning "play library." Lekotek's primary service is the play session, where a trained Lekotek leader focuses on facilitating positive family interaction through play.
ci.easterseals.com /site/PageServer?pagename=ILPR_Lekotek   (217 words)

 Printable Version   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Through interactive play at the United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln's new Lekotek Center in Decatur, she is able to expand her development of certain motor skills and other learning difficulties often characterized by the disorder.
Lekotek, one of numerous programs at the United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln, focuses on adapted play, encouraging children up to age 8 to perform tasks such as grasping a toy with two fingers or activities dealing with hand-eye coordination, Miller said.
Jennifer Clements, a Lekotek leader, said she selects specific toys in the Toys R Us catalog that are categorized by various skills children may have trouble developing.
www.herald-review.com /articles/2006/08/15/news/local_news/1017035.prt   (453 words)

 Anixter Center > Press Releases
Lekotek is a highly respected name in the world of therapeutic play, providing direct services, support and information to children with special needs and their families in resource and play centers that are found worldwide.
Lekotek, based in Chicago, Illinois, is the U.S. headquarters and the administrative and training center for a nationwide network of 34 Lekotek centers.
National Lekotek Center is a division of Anixter Center (www.anixter.org) in Chicago, IL.
www.anixter.org /mediaroom/pressreleases/2006/lekotek_ableplay.htm   (676 words)

 Easter Seals Virginia: Lekotek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The mission of Lekotek is to use “interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life”.
Lekotek works with caregivers to make play accessible for all children through special play and learning centers.
Lekotek works with families who have a child, or children, with special needs.
va.easterseals.com /site/PageServer?pagename=VADR_Lekotek   (443 words)

 May 2001 Letotalk Newsletter, Lekotek of Georgia
Lekotek helped my mom and dad too when they had questions or wanted to know about programs that could help me. Even my brother liked coming to Lekotek and was a volunteer at Lekotek summer computer camp.
The second annual Lekotek Golf Classic was a huge success raising $51,500 thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsor Lou Perez with Check Mate Staffing Solutions and leader board sponsors Michael and Noreen Antonelli with AIM Systems.
Mark your calendars for Lekotek's 4 mile roadrace/racewalk and 1 mile Lekotek Fun Run to be held Saturday, September 8th at The Concourse Athletic Club.
www.lekotekga.org /lekotalk/spring01.htm   (1821 words)

 Lekotek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lekotek's unique evaluation process yields product information categorized by disability category to further simplify the toy-buying experience.
Launching AblePlay was an important step in realizing Lekotek's goal to be the central source of information and support services involving toys and play for kids with special needs.
National Lekotek is a division of Anixter Center which provides services to more than 5,000 adults and children with disabilities through 70 programs at 35 locations annually.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lekotek   (307 words)

 Students Design Toys for Lekotek Kids, Northwestern University NewsCenter
But the children and staff of Lekotek were not the only ones to benefit from the experience.
Lekotek is a division of the Anixter Center, a non-profit foundation that assists people with disabilities to be able to live and work successfully in the community.
Lekotek is the country’s central source on toys and play for children with special needs.
www.northwestern.edu /newscenter/stories/2005/08/mccomick.html   (449 words)

 Finance issues endanger child special-needs project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Lekotek, as the program is called, consists of supervised family play sessions aimed at teaching life skills to children with such conditions as cerebral palsy, autism and Down's syndrome.
In an effort to have as many families signed up as members before a decision is made on their funding Oct. 1 by the Detroit/Wayne County Community Mental Health agency, Lekotek has cut the price of a one-year membership from $75 to $37.50.
At Lekotek, families with disabled children participate in one-hour play sessions every month, with each session supervised by a play leader.
www.bridges4kids.org /news/DetroitNews8-19-02.html   (866 words)

 Toys R Everyone! | SMG - Solutions Marketing Group
The National Lekotek Center in Chicago works with groups of children of various types of abilities and performs the actual evaluations on each toy in the guide to determine its educational, developmental and entertainment value.
For more than twenty-five years, the National Lekotek Foundation (www.lekotek.org) has been operating as a play based service organization whose mission is to integrate children and their families into the mainstream--children with disabilities and economically disadvantaged children.
Lekotek takes the toys to real children and watches them at play, looking for the features that meet a child's needs and interests.
www.disability-marketing.com /profiles/toysrus.php4   (1396 words)

 The Council for Disability Rights
Lekotek (which means play library, in Swedish) services are available to all children with special needs from birth through eight years of age.
According to the nominator, Lekotek advocates for the right of a child to be a child first and to pursue this critical developmental necessity; it promotes the integration of the child into family life through a positive and supportive environment which always identifies strengths over deficits.
Lekotek Center was nominated by Madelyn (Micki) Iris, mother of David Iris and a member of our Board.
www.disabilityrights.org /awards6.htm   (893 words)

 My Web Times
With the growth of Easter Seals and the addition of a baby room and a toddler room, the lending library was moved to the mobile unit, said Cindy Oakley, director of development.
Lekotek loans a wide variety of adapted toys to Easter Seals families, said Oakley.
Deb Woods is the director of Lekotek and she has been selected by the National Lekotek organization as an adapted toy evaluator for Toys 'R Us.
mywebtimes.com /ottnews/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=257404   (422 words)

 Volunteer Opportunities, Lekotek of Georgia
Call Lekotek at (404) 633-3430 and ask to speak with Helene or fill out our volunteer application.
If you'd like to volunteer, but don't have this kind of experience, Lekotek will be happy to provide a 2-hour in-service training on technology and disabilities.
Lekotek needs volunteers who can refurbish older donated computer systems which are then loaned to families.
www.lekotekga.org /volunt.htm   (838 words)

 Easter Seals Missouri: Lekotek uses the power of play to strengthen your child's skills.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The mission of Easter Seals is to provide exceptional services to ensure all people with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Lekotek uses the power of play to strengthen your child's skills and empowers you to help your child learn and grow.
More information on Lekotek can be found at http://www.lekotek.org/ or by calling the Lekotek Toy Resource Helpline at 1-800-366-PLAY.
mo.easterseals.com /site/PageServer?pagename=MODR_Lekotek   (261 words)

 inMotion: Kids Corner: The Power of Play
Lekotek, which was founded in Sweden 30 years ago, uses this inventive approach to play in 47 facilities nationwide.
Loosely translated from its Swedish and Greek roots, Lekotek means "play library." Designed for children of all abilities, these play libraries hold thousands of toys and games which Lekotek staff introduce to children and their families at monthly play sessions.
National Lekotek Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; 847-328-0001; lekotek@interaccess.com.
www.amputee-coalition.org /inmotion/feb_mar_97/kidscorner.html   (803 words)

 News Release
Lekotek carefully evaluates all the products, selects those with exceptional qualities and writes descriptive copy highlighting the special features that make the items suitable for children with special needs.
Over the last 26 years, the National Lekotek Center (www.lekotek.org) has provided therapeutic play services to thousands of children in 37 centers across the U.S. As a result of its expertise in toys and play, Lekotek has become the toy industry's foremost expert on children with disabilities.
Lekotek is a division of The Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center (www.anixter.org) whose mission is to assist people with disabilities to live and work successfully in the community.
www6.toysrus.com /Investor/pr/092506.html   (872 words)

 Top Ten Tips on Selecting Holiday Toys for a Child with a Disability
Help is available from Lekotek in the form of a special "Top Ten" list that serves as a primer on successful toy-buying.
Lekotek is a division of Anixter Center, a not-for-profit organization in Chicago that assists individuals with disabilities to live and work successfully in the community.
Lekotek is the U.S. headquarters and the administrative and training center for the network of 42 Lekotek centers in 11 states.
www.thearclink.org /news/article.asp?ID=667   (619 words)

Lekotek also offers toy lending libraries for children from birth to eight years old, training seminars, helpful products, and publications.
Lekotek welcomes children with such disabilities as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, sight or hearing loss, mental retardation, or chronic medical conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy.
Lekotek sponsors a week-long conference called Compuplay: Facilitating Inclusion Through Technology, and invites special and early-childhood educators, therapists and social service professionals to attend and share their personal insights.
www.infinitec.org /totalresource/general/parents.htm   (512 words)

 ABC7Chicago.com: Governor proposes funding cuts for organizations that help disabled
Among them is Lekotek, a group that provides services to children with disabilities and their families.
Lekotek centers are located in both rural and urban areas.
Helen Hilken, the director of National Lekotek Center, says this is not the first time Lekotek has suffered severe funding cuts.
abclocal.go.com /wls/story?section=News&id=1619324&ft=exLg   (503 words)

 Stone Belt Arc - Lekotek & Compuplay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
And while they are playing, kids are learning new skills that build the base for literacy, mathematical reasoning and computer use.
Lekotek is a toy lending library which provides direct services, support and information about appropriate development through play to children with special needs and their families.
Compuplay is an in-house computer software library which provides children with special needs and their families with information, adaptive technology such as large format keyboards and touch screens for computer monitors, and software programs that will meet the children's developmental needs.
www.stonebelt.org /lekotek_compuplay.htm   (200 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Providing services to all children with special needs, Lekoteks are now a mandatory part of the social welfare delivery system in Norway and Sweden.
They were so inspired by the idea that they traveled to Norway to receive training in Lekotek methods and they opened the doors to the first US Lekotek in Evanston, Illinois in 1980.
Lekotek also reaches out to other special populations: children at social risk that live in very poor neighborhoods.
www.itla-toylibraries.org /LekotekPresentation_March06.ppt   (1032 words)

The mission of the National Lekotek Center is driven by the philosophy that children learn best when play is a family-centered activity that includes all children, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, in family and community activities.
Lekotekís work with children and families is guided by several key principles:
While the services provided by Lekotek do foster skill development, Lekotek is the one visit in the mosaic of services in the lives of children with disabilities which is designed specifically for fun.
collaboratory.nunet.net /itrc/lekotek/about.html   (188 words)

 Riverbend Moonlight Newsletter July 1997 Issue
Lekotek provides direct services, support and information to children with special needs and their families in a resource and play center at Easter Seals.
Lekotek's primary services are the play session and toy lending library for children birth to six years old.
Lekotek family play sessions are held monthly where Leaders, focus on facilitating family interaction through play.
www.altonweb.com /cs/downsyndrome/july97.html   (3256 words)

 Athletic Club Northeast
Lekotek is an organization that loans adapted toys and computer equipment to help all children learn through play.
Lekotek is all about abilities and showing kids and their parents what they CAN do.
Lekotek is proud that 94% of all money raised goes to direct services for children and families.
www.acnortheast.com /spot.php?id_num=7654&type=N   (165 words)

 EP Toys - Selecting Toys for Children with Disabilities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The National Lekotek Center is dedicated to making play accessible for all children through selecting and adapting toys that fit the way a child's mind and body work.
Sarah Paweni is the Marketing Manger and Ellen Metrick is the Toy Specialist for the National Lekotek Center, Evanston, IL.
Lekotek has 55 affiliate sites across the country that promote access to play material (adapted if necessary) so children with special needs can enjoy play just like any other kids.
www.eparent.com /toys/selectingtoys.htm   (307 words)

 Lending/Lekotek Toy Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Library is derived from the Scandinavian concept of Lekotek, meaning, "play at library." The Library's mission is to enhance growth and development for children with special needs through the world of play, and to provide parents with information relating to their child and his/her educational needs.
The library is intended to promote physical, cognitive, speech, and sensory development in children birth to eight years old, and is open to the Orange Park/Jacksonville community.
The play session is a family centered play-time with a trained Lekotek Leader who introduces new toys and new ways of playing to children with special needs.
www.ccar.org /lending2.htm   (363 words)

 Play for Children Differently Abled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The National Lekotek Center is delighted to partner once again with Toys "R" Us to showcase a wonderful selection of toys with exceptional qualities for children with disabilities.
Play is the universal language of children, a communication system so eloquent that it can help bridge social, economic, cultural and physical differences with the bounce of a ball or the sharing of a toy.
The National Lekotek Center is thrilled to be a part of the Toys "R" Us team and we salute them for their commitment to children and families across the country.
www.cccsintl.org /jingle/tree3.htm   (323 words)

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