Cognitive Novelty

Parental concern for juvenile mental health sparks demand for developmental play

Implications - As the rates for cognitive differences like autism continue to rise, toy manufacturers are responding in kind with playthings that look to directly enhance physical and mental stimulation. Particularly targeting males, the innovations place a distinct focus on correlating development with play to satisfy parental desire to combat social alienation, as the toys mimic the look and feel of traditional goods to bolster interaction.
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Hot 7,056 Clicks Pub: Aug 1, 13
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Mild 1,269 Clicks Pub: Mar 23, 13
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Interactive Gaming Cube Toys - This Gaming Toy Reacts to Your Skills
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Mild 6,092 Clicks Pub: Aug 25, 13
Interactive Gaming Cube Toys
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