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Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2009
Zillio, Inc. TM , creator of innovative award winning math toys and educational math games announced today that it has received AblePlay's highest rating for meeting the needs of children with cognitive disabilities. Children can feel and see important math concepts as they play and learn in a series of fun, imaginative educational games designed for different skill levels and different learning styles.
"We at Zillio are excited that the experts have confirmed what many parents have observed at home and general and special education teachers have observed in their classrooms: Zillio is not only a powerful way to meet the special needs of over 1.5 million youngsters, but it is also a wonderful activity for inclusion in family activities and in general education classrooms," says Kay Emerson, Founder & President of Zillio, Inc. "The games are fun and challenging. They are designed so players of differing abilities can all play and enjoy math at the same time."
Zillio Mini Mountain is a large colorful rotating model of math based on two critical math concepts: times tables and number lines. The twelve colorful staircases each represent a number and its multiples. All equivalent numbers are at the same height so children can see and feel 10 essential math concepts while they play and learn math.
Think of Zillio as a whole new 3-dimensional approach to math. The Mountain serves as a platform upon which to play more than 20 math based games for ages 4 to 94. Players compete and collaborate in a series of imaginative games designed for different skill levels, using 10 essential math skills to claim territory, advance, conquer, etc. It is also a wonderful teaching aid to cover hard to teach, difficult to grasp concepts necessary to prepare children for middle school math and beyond.
AblePlay evalutors report, "The Zillio Mini Mountain teaches math in a tangible, kinesthetic and visual manner that drives home critical math concepts that lead to core competency in the subject."
AblePlayTM is a well respected toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs. AblePlay http://www.ableplay.org was created so parents, special educators, therapists and others can make the best decisions when purchasing products for children in their lives with disabilities.
AblePlay evaluators have degrees in special education, early childhood education, or related therapeutic disciplines and have been previously certified by the National Lekotek Center to provide hands-on direct services to children with special needs and their families in Lekotek play centers.
Cognitive Disabilities: Zillio received an AblePlay rating of 5 out of 5 stars (only awarded to exceptional toys) for its ability to meet the needs of children with cognitive disabilities. Over 950,000 million children in the US have disabilities affecting the individual's ability to process information, reason, remember and express emotions.
- Attention Deficit Disorder,
- Learning Disabilities,
- Down Syndrome/Mental Retardation
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
"I have always been a big believer in multi-sensory teaching, but this takes the concept to a new level. I sit in amazement as I watch my ADHD 8 yr old put the numbers on the mountain, and notice how the foam cards make patterns. Zillio enables him to find the answers himself. He gets frustrated very easily and does not like to have someone show him how to do things. He is learning the multiplication "tables" without ever having seen one on paper," Suzanne, Home Schooling parent of sons, ages 8 & 11.
Communicative Disabilities: Zillio received 4 out of 5 stars (awarded to very good toys) for its ability to meet the needs of children with communicative disabilities. Over 500,000 children in the US have disabilities affecting the ability to communicate verbally due to limited, or altered comprehension and use of language.
- Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
- Speech and Language Delay
"I have a student who frequently asks for a break with each math problem. I brought in the mountain and he didn't take a break for an entire 30 minutes. You bet the mountain is going to be a staple with us!" AblePlay Evaluator & 4th grade special education teacher, Cumming, Ga.
About Zillio, Inc.
Zillio, Inc. is an innovative designer, developer and marketer of math toys, math games and math educational products to provide fun, engaging, math-rich play and learning experiences for children in Pre-K to 9th Grade, wherever math is used or taught: in homes, classrooms, special need programs, after-school programs, enrichment programs, intervention programs, and tutoring. Zillio helps youngsters develop the thinking upon which more advanced instruction and problem solving is built.
The Zillio Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation. The main focus of the Foundation, working in conjunction with other non-profit, community and research organizations is to develop scalable after school programs and professional development programs for pre-service and in-service elementary and middle school teachers to deepen mathematical conceptual understanding.
The Zillio Foundation is managed by Zillio, Inc. and supports our mission and core initiatives.
Awards: DR Toy 100 Best Products, 10 Best Education Products and Creative Child Magazine Education, Product of the Year.
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