Playability Toys Launches New Educational Gaming App for Children on The Autism Spectrum

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Designed for smart phones and tablets, the new Pigsy app teaches financial counting using personalization for high engagement.

Playability Toys, a leading maker of therapeutic toys and apps that enhance and improve the lives of individuals with special needs and their families, today announced it has officially launched its ground-breaking educational gaming app, Pigsy. Available at http://playabilitytoys.com/apps.html, the app teaches basic financial literacy, and later versions will include unique personalization features to make learning engaging and fun.

“We are very excited to launch Pigsy which marks our expansion into the educational app world,” said Adam Small, CEO, Playability Toys. “Like our toys, Pigsy was created using our unique collaborative approach to toy creation where input is received from members of the special needs communities, resulting in the creation of unparalleled apps and toys.”

Designed to step a child through basic "change counting" exercises, Pigsy is not only targeted to the autistic/special needs community, but will be unique in its personalization for the child. It will feature a section for the parent or teacher to input personalized information, such as name of their school, pets, street they live on, child's name, and favorite color. 

For example, the Pigsy "Piggy Bank" asks for a certain amount of money. Then the child will be required to drag and drop different coins to the piggy bank with animation to tell the child if they got the correct answer.

Added Small, “It has been shown that children are more likely to engage longer in an educational exercise when the content is familiar to them. By including the personalized details to the 'story line' of Pigsy, children are engaged longer, enjoy the game more, and therefore reap the educational benefits of practicing basic financial literacy.”

Why Playability Toys

Playability Toys is a leader in the special needs toy industry that focuses on toys and apps that specifically cater to a wide variety of challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind or Visually Impaired as well as Cognitive, Speech and Physical Challenges.

Playability Toys employs unique design and production processes that set it apart from other toys and educational apps. Its team of toy makers and developers include individuals who are exceptionally qualified to design and produce specialized, high quality toys and apps.

This collaborative design process allows Playability Toys to craft unique features that both increase the level of enjoyment for children and adults with special needs and provides various developmental or educational benefits:

  • Toys and apps that are designed from a “bottoms-up” approach. Simply put, we listen to the experts in the special needs communities and then design and produce our toys to meet their requirements.
  • Toys and apps that are fun! We bring smiles to the faces of children and adults who play with our toys.
  • Toys and apps that create interest. Our designs stimulate the senses and expand the environment of children and adults with special needs.
  • Toys and apps that promote independent play. Our toys and apps allow children to play, learn, and develop independently.
  • Toys and apps are that are safe, well made, and affordable.

Playability Toys Benefits

Playability Toys recognized that the toy requirements of special needs families, teachers, and others were not being met. This realization along with the joy Playability staff has found in working with special needs groups is what keeps the team motivated.

Using only the highest quality materials, our toys are subject to rigorous safety reviews and inspections. Children, families, educators, and therapists who use our toys and apps can be assured that they are safe, fun, and that they will meet the promised developmental objectives. Many of our toys and apps are designed for independent play or to stimulate social interaction.

Accolades
Our award winning toys have been bringing joy and the gift of play to thousands of children with these challenging conditions. Our toys range from the popular Rib-It-Ball with its unique ribs that make it easy to grab and throw for even for the smallest hands to our best selling Buddy Dog which because of its multiple sensory features was received a “high quality” sensory toy rating by the leading special needs toy evaluation company, Lekotek.

About Playability Toys
Playability Toys' vision is to ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to laugh, learn, play, and grow though an enriching experience with exceptional toys and apps. We make special toys and apps for special people.

Based in Tucson, Playability Toys is also proud to have developed a strong internship program with the University of Arizona. We work closely with many special needs organizations and families, and we invite you to visit our website at http://www.playabilitytoys.com to see all our toys, including in-depth toy descriptions and videos.

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brenda.christensen(at)stellar-pr(dot)com

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