Article icon
Original research

Importance of Toy Play in Special Education for young children: Perspectives and Approaches

* Corresponding author

[email protected]


Special needs children have different needs compared to typically growing children in various aspects of life. Their learning is hampered due to the difficulties they face in the normal way of learning. Special education practices have been adopting various play-based methods to address special needs children’s difficulties and needs. This research reviews toy play as a learning method and its importance in young special needs children’s education. The paper takes different perspectives on play and how it is characterized. A study of Toy Play taxonomies is also presented from the perspective of the learning needs of special needs children. Three prominent special education approaches are studied, and a synthesis of how to play fits into these approaches is presented. The future of toy play and further research areas is discussed. Early childhood play is a normal phenomenon that has much use in early intervention, early childhood special education, and early childhood education. Among these areas, there are still many disagreements about how to characterize and use play. These tensions jeopardize evaluation, action, and curriculum planning practices, as well as their links to science and practice. This essay examines play in early learning, early childhood special education, early childhood education, and how play is viewed and used in these settings.


Aditi Deshpande, Vaibhhavi Ranavaade. Importance of Toy Play in Special Education for young children: Perspectives and Approaches. Cardiometry; Issue 23; August 2022; p.337-343; DOI: 10.18137/cardiometry.2022.23.337343; Available from:


Special need children,  Special education approaches,  Toy play,  Toy play taxonomies,  Education
Download PDF
Cardiometry in Telegram
Current issue
Cardiometry's library
Founders of Cardiometry
Video about Cardiometry
Club of long-livers 90+
Our partners