Gender Divide with Toys a Thing of the Past

In recent years, more and more people have become open to the idea that boys can play with dolls, and girls can also have fun with more rugged toys like trucks and plastic shovels. While in the past there was a gender divide when it came to the types of toys, the continued insistence of consumers, parents in particular, to remove this has led to many companies to make products a little differently. Continue reading

Working, and Enjoying What You Do

Each year, countless young minds graduate from school, ready to take on the world. The sad truth is that a vast number of these graduates can’t be altogether accommodated by the workforce due to the mismatch in supply and demand of jobs. Some employers are too picky when hiring, honoring only those with experience, while some job listings are just not fit for the pool of applicants. This dilemma affects both employers and applicants. Continue reading

An Unfinished Puzzle: Autism in the U.S.

Autism is one of the most prevalent, yet least understood, developmental disabilities in the U.S. As of March 2014, the incidence of autism in the country has increased by 30 percent; it now affects 1 in 88 children according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite this sense of urgency, experts are still at a loss on how to diagnose this disorder, let alone how to treat it completely.

One of the main impediments is the fact that the body of knowledge for autism is still in its infancy. A few decades ago, autism was simply identified as an intellectual disability. Yet as the CDC found out, a large number of children with autism possess above average IQ. Autism was also thought of as a permanent disability, but some people who were diagnosed with autism in their childhood eventually “matured” as they got older, exhibiting only minor symptoms like the lack of social skills.

While there is still much to discover about autism, experts agree that early diagnosis and intervention are essential to an autistic child’s development. Autism can be diagnosed in children as young as two years old, and they can benefit from therapies that improve their language, play, and motor skills. Therapy also needs to be tailored to a child’s specific needs and may involve certain toys, like an American boy doll.

Today’s American Dolls are Not Mere Toys

The world has a long history with dolls. While dolls were primarily created to serve as children’s playthings, these days, they are more than mere toys. Girls no longer just play with dolls so they can pretend to have a fashion show, changing the dolls’ outfits and accessories by the minute – dolls have become so much more.

In the United States, there is clear evidence that dolls offer more benefits than just being kids’ companions during their playtime. For instance, there are dolls for girls that help them learn about iconic female figures in history. This way, girls find out more about their heritage and the role that they play within a community.

Dolls can be an instrument to help out a certain group of people or an organization. This is similar to what took place Valentine’s Day this year in San Diego, California, where doll collectibles were sold by a thrift shop owner. The proceeds of the doll sale went out to a program that aims to help the homeless.

Dolls can also be used to create awareness for a cause. Some stores sell dolls that come with booklets containing information about disabilities. These dolls, which come in both female and male forms, are great gifts for kids with siblings with disabilities. With the booklets, kids can understand the situation and perhaps learn how to empathize with their siblings.