University of North Florida adaptive toy giveaway

UNF students surprised kids with disabilities with adaptive toys.

For the sixth consecutive year, University of North Florida’s School of Engineering and physical therapy program students have worked collaboratively to retrofit ride-on battery toy cars for children with physical and developmental disabilities in Northeast Florida.

In the one-of-a-kind adaptive toy project course, the toys can be used as tools that help children learn about themselves and the world around them, according to UNF.

As children play, they develop cognitive, fine and gross motor skills needed for problem solving. Children with disabilities are no exception; yet they frequently require adapted toys and other helpful devices to fully benefit from the experiences of play, the university says.