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The Lekotek by Anne Carlsen offers therapeutic PLAY-based family sessions for families of children with disabilities structured to help children learn, develop and thrive in a world that presents them with many unique and complex challenges.

Play is the way kids learn, develop skills and reach milestones. The mission of Lekotek by Anne Carlsen is to make the world of play accessible to ALL children, especially those who have disabilities or special needs. Toys and play empower children to reach their potential and increase inclusion within the family and community.

Top Ten Questions

Play provides the building blocks for children to reach physical, cognitive and social goals. The play experience nourishes the family by relieving stress and forging important emotional bonds.
Theoretically all children have an innate impulse to play, but it is often road blocked for a number of reasons. Children with disabilities often have to struggle to overcome physical, mental or social barriers to engage in the play experience.
Our play sessions are not meant to take the place of traditional therapy but to enrich, enlarge and encourage the goals set forth for the child. Our play specialists often work very closely with other therapists in achieving developmental milestones.
Involving the whole family is a cornerstone of the Lekotek philosophy because the family unit has such great impact on the child. We are all social creatures by nature and it has been established that social health has significant effects on the physical, mental and emotional well being of the child.
We are not Swedish, nor do we all have blonde hair, but you are right that the Lekotek concept is from Sweden. It was started there as a highly effective tool used in early childhood development. In 1980 two women visiting Sweden were so impressed with this therapy model that they brought it back to the U. S.
As one of our founders stated, “We fit the toy to the learning needs of the children just as a physician prescribes a specific drug for a patient.” Lekotek involves empowering families to continue to utilize toys and play after a play session. Some of the adaptive toys we lend out are very expensive and this is a great economic relief to families.
Again, we need to go back to our Swedish roots. ‘Lek’ is Swedish for toy and ‘tek’ means library.
Over our 32 year history, Lekotek has overseen over 60 national affiliates and conducted over 1.5 million play sessions in 8 states. The Lekotek model operates independently and also within other structures such as hospitals and community health organizations.
In addition to our advocacy and educational efforts, we also offer family support, professional toy lending and training. Lekotek is also a resource for companies interested in reaching children with special needs through our consulting and product evaluation services.
The main reasons are the individual play sessions, toy lending library and social play groups. Parents can also participate in support groups, educational opportunities, special events, and free admission to some of Chicago’s top children’s attractions with the entire family. Since we push play, we also fuel it by offering free toys for signing up, birthdays, holidays and some valuable raffles throughout the year.

TOYS & PLAY

TOYS and PLAY are the vehicles used to provide children with an understanding of and an ability to relate to the world around them. PLAY is also utilized to increase interactions within the family, especially between siblings, and the community as a whole.

Locations

Location

Jamestown

701 3rd St. NW, PO Box 8000
Jamestown, ND 58402
1-800-568-5175

Services

Education
Early Intervention
Assistive Technology
Medically Complex
Therapy
In-Home Supports
Days Supports
Autism Services
Ideation Center
Lekotek
REAL

Location

Fargo

4152 30th Ave Suite 102
Fargo, ND 58104
701-364-2663

Services

Day Supports
Assistive Technology
In-Home Supports
Autism Services
Early Intervention
Lekotek

Location

Grand Forks

2016 S Washington St
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-757-4200

Services

In-Home Supports
Day Supports
Autism Services
Early Intervention
Assistive Technology
Lekotek