Breakfast Time

Announcer: Remember the little train that could? He made it up the hill by saying, "I think I can, I think I can." That's how he motivated himself to take on what is, for a train, a routine task. And that is one approach. But when Monday comes, you can also get yourself going by thinking, "I think I can get someone else to do it."

Welcome to "Breakfast Time" with Tom Bergeron, Laurie Hibbard, and Bob the puppet. My name's Jim and I'm the announcer. Say, “Good morning, Tom!”

Tom Bergeron: You can say, “Good morning, Tom.” Good morning, Jim. Thank you. We've got some little rascals right here.

Announcer: Yeah!

Bergeron: We're going to take a look at the wonderful toys that are available this gift-giving season for kids who are differently abled, and that's coming up a little later on in this colorful scenario in our ballroom. But what I want to do, and please join me is

George Takei: All right.

Bergeron: Can I get the magazine? Did somebody have that? Thank you very much, noted producer, Paul Schaevellson. Toss it over here, Paul. We've got some fascinating products for the holiday gift-giving season that are geared

Takei: I see. It is that season, isn't it?

Bergeron: It is, it really is. But these are geared...

Takei: Oh, wow

Bergeron: ...towards kids with different physical and emotional challenges.

Takei: Yes.

Bergeron: This is the magazine. It's "The Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids," and we have a number of young people, really charming young people here with a bunch of the toys set up in our ballroom. We also have with us to help us understand more about these, the Executive Director of the National Parent Network on Disabilities, Patricia Smith. Patricia, a pleasure. How are you?

Patricia Smith: Just fine..

Bergeron: This is George Takei.

George Takei: Hi, how are you, Patricia?

Patricia Smith: Nice to meet you.

Takei: A pleasure.

Bergeron: This, I was looking at this earlier, The Toy Guide, and what you have done is create a color-code system that can help parents, loved ones, pick the best gift for their child based on the challenges that child faces; is that right?

Smith: That's right. That's right.

Bergeron: So what we can do is maybe go along here, and are you going to take us on the trip?

Smith: Right here. Sure, I would love to do that.

Bergeron: Okay.

Smith: The catalog is – has a bar on every one of the pages that tells what the things that the toy will do that will help the parents to pick.

Bergeron: All right. Now, we've got the - the yellow is visual.

Smith: Visual.

Bergeron: Pink is thinking.

Smith: Thinking.

Bergeron: Tactile sense is blue.

Smith: Touches.

Bergeron: Orange social skills.

Smith: Friends.

Bergeron: Right. Purple self-esteem.

Smith: The language development.

Bergeron: Is green, yep. Gross motor skills would be...

Smith: Jumping up and down.

Bergeron: The red one.

Smith: Doing all your good things.

Bergeron: Sort of...

Smith: Eye-hand coordination, writing, reading, creativity, and then auditory.

Bergeron: Are we seeing that on the air, by the way, just so we...

Announcer: Yes, yes.

Bergeron: Okay, thank you, Jim. So each of the toys, then, each of the gifts in the article will have different color...

Smith: Yes.

Bergeron: next to them.

Smith: Yes.

Bergeron: And that will help you decide which one to buy. If I can get a microphone, Tom, just give me a hand mic, or Craig, thank you. 'Cuz there are a couple of these young people we want too talk to. Tell us what some of these gifts are.

Smith: Now, this is a ball pit.

Bergeron: This is great.

Smith: Children jump in there and they know the difference of color, they can learn colors, in, out, what the difference is when they lean on them, they go down, and there is a – the gross motor gets a lot of help in that one.

Bergeron: Sure.

Smith: And a lot of interplay between children when they get into that.

Bergeron: Right. Now what about this one, the Sport Tracker?

Smith: The Sport Tracker. That one is lots of fun because the children can actually pedal it with their feet. It can go forward

Bergeron: And this would be geared specifically towards

Smith: Self-esteem because they can do it themselves.

Bergeron: Uh-huh.

Smith: A lot of interaction with other kids.

Bergeron: You don't seem to be going very far. Have you been able to move around in this, at all?

Unidentified Child: Yeah.

Bergeron: You have? Do you like it?

Child: Yes.

Bergeron: Oh, good. What do we have over here?

Smith: This is a road – road set where they can use the eye-hand coordination with the device to make it go so you push in the button.

Bergeron: Uh-huh. Now, these toys

Smith: Cause and effect. You can understand that you push the button and then it goes around.

Bergeron: Okay. These toys are not, that I'm seeing right now, any different than any other toys.

Smith: No, no.

Bergeron: So this is just a way of reinforcing which group these toys would really get the optimal benefit from.

Smith: Yes, yes.

Bergeron: Do we have with us here Megan?

Smith: She's right over here.

Bergeron: Megan Donnelly. Where's Megan?

Smith: She's right here, with her mom.

Bergeron: Hi, sweetheart. How are you?

Megan Donnelly: Good.

Bergeron: How are you doing? I love that bow, by the way...

Megan: Thank you.

Bergeron: your hair. Now, which of these toys have you been playing with? I hope they've given you a chance to play with some of them.

Megan: I've been playing with the one with the – ride on the race cars.

Bergeron: Oh, the race cars. Was it fun?

Megan: Yes.

Bergeron: Yeah? Do you want to get back to it? 'Cuz we'll let you get back to it in just a minute if you want 'cuz I want to say hi to your mom, too, okay? And we have your mom, Lawanna, here. How are you?

Lawanna Donnelly: Nice to meet ya.

Bergeron: Good to have you with us.

Lawanna Donnelly: Thank you.

Bergeron: What have you found – have you used this guide?

Bergeron: And what's the benefit for you?

Lawanna Donnelly: Well, it just helps us figure out what toys best suit her, and it also helps our relatives and all, my parents...

Bergeron: Right.

Donnelly: – and sisters.

Bergeron: What – what are Megan's challenges that she's dealing with?

Donnelly: Megan has cerebral palsy, she's a spastic quadriplegic.

Bergeron: Yeah, yeah. And so this is a great guide for you to be able to really get the things that are going to make her...

Donnelly: Yeah, absolutely. And the holidays are coming up.

Bergeron: Yep. So you already have your wish list, right, Megan?

Megan: Yes.

Bergeron: Very good! I can tell you've been a good little girl, haven't you?

Megan: Yes.

Bergeron: Yes, you have. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Well, good.

Thank you for giving us an overview of this. It's "The Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids." Patricia Smith is the Executive Director of the National Parent Network on Disabilities. Thanks, Patricia. Appreciate it.

Smith: Thank you very much.