This cuddly doll from Swedish company Joyk is extremely popular with people of ages.
Featuring wide blue eyes and a soft body which can sit up or lie down, Nelly is specifically designed to help teach children a number of key cognitive and physical skills. She can also be used to develop children’s caring nature and can help to teach skills which are vital for independent living. 65cm high
Imaginative play with dolls can bring a number of benefits to children of all ages and abilities.
‘Looking after’ a doll can involve a range of activities including feeding, dressing, playing, bathing and putting them to bed, which can help children with developmental delays due to conditions such as Downs’ Syndrome and Autism prepare for independent living as they get older.
Nelly’s soft body and dress provide tactile input, and her comforting weight provides proprioceptive input for children that may not otherwise enjoy touching and cuddling due to sensory processing disorders.
She is specifically designed to instantly create empathy with the child using her thanks to her friendly, open face and realistic qualities such as being able to sit up and lie down.
Fine motor and gross motor skills can be improved by the actions of picking Nelly up, cuddling and dressing her, as well as by making her ‘walk’, dance and jump. She can also help to develop speech and language skills – children can communicate with her, safe in the knowledge that they will not be corrected or chastised in any way.
More information about Down’s Syndrome, as well as useful resources can be found by visiting the Down’s Syndrome Association website www.downs-syndrome.org.uk.
The National Autistic Society website contains a wealth of valuable information for people with Autism, parents, carers and health professionals - www.autism.org.uk. 65 cm high