We’re Sharing Two Special Needs Resources for Caregivers

We are thrilled to share with you a very special project that is close to our hearts: a catalog custom-made for families of children with special needs. As a valued member of our community, we wanted you to be among the first to see it!

SN Guide

The Melissa & Doug Special Needs Toy Guide: A Resource for Therapists and Families is newly available as a digital flipbook (click the link to see it!)—which means it’s easy to view, easy to search, and easy to click through for more information about any of the featured products. We hope it becomes a trusted resource for you! The digital format also makes this a dynamic resource—we’ll be adding new material in the future, so you’ll always be getting the latest and greatest toy picks for exactly the developmental areas your family is interested in, from fine motor skills to healthy eating. We’re also busy adding the new content to MelissaAndDoug.com, where special needs icons now denote products that are particularly great for kids with special needs—and link to supplementary content written with special needs in mind. (We’re adding more of these all the time, so check back often!)

About Our Website

As a companion resource to the Toy Guide, our website now has a Toys for Special Needs section, where you can shop for toys by developmental need, find expert advice, therapeutic play ideas, and skill-building tips, and share your own reviews and experiences.

Special Needs Items

Our consultant for this project, Dr. Melissa Liguori, helped select each toy and shared her expert advice on how to use each one for the most beneficial therapeutic play. We love her extra “Play Ideas” (you’ll see them sprinkled throughout the book), and the skill-building activities collected at the end of each section. It just goes to show you, there are no limits to the ways we can learn to play . . . and play to learn! You can learn more about Dr. Liguori in our guide.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading through the Special Needs Toy Guide! And we hope you’ll drop us a note to let us know what you think of it.

Thank you . . . and happy playtime!



~ Melissa and Doug


  1. I commend you for adding a Toys for Special Needs section to your website. It will be very helpful to be able to receive expert advise regarding special toys and which toys can help with developmental needs.

  2. Love your products, and as a mother of child with Down syndrome I love what you did in creating this catalog. We have purchased many of your toys because of the skills they were able to help my son with. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!