the power of play - power of lekotek
Play Sessions & Toy/Technology Lending Library
The heart of Lekotek is its play sessions. In brightly decorated play rooms, one hears laughter as children are busy playing with toys and computers. With the touch of a switch, adapted toys produce movement and noises, giving youngsters with disabilities the opportunity to learn through play. Some toys are toys that would be found in any child's playroom. These toys, with instruction from Lekotek leaders, may not always be used in the typical manner but they are always used to produce fun and success. We select toys to meet the individual needs of each child and family and emphasize the creative use of toys and simple toy modifications.
Play sessions are for newborns through 8 year olds who have special needs
(including developmental disabilities, developmental delay, and chronic health conditions).Sessions facilitate interactive play among family members. Parents, siblings, other family members, friends and a Lekotek leader all join in on the fun during a play session. Families leave with a bag of toys to borrow for the month.
Play sessions take place once a month and last for an hour. Computer play and exploring developmentally appropriate iPad applications are part of every play session. With and without special adaptations, the computer is one of our most versatile toys. Computers and tablets are a certainty in every child's future and their benefits for children with disabilities are limitless. Families participating in play sessions are eligible for our computer and iPad loan program. When available, families take home a computer system equipped with specialized software and adapted input devices. iPads with appropriate applications designed to meet the child's individual needs are loaned when available.
Annual membership fees are $240 per year for children ages
0 - 8 years. Partial and full scholarships are available and no family is denied services.
As a nonprofit agency dependent upon corporate and community support, Lekotek of Georgia has often had a waiting list for families desiring play sessions for their children. Once on the waiting list, however, families are welcome to participate in CompuPlay and all other family programs.