What is Lekotek?
If you have never heard of Lekotek, don’t be too surprised. It is a made-up word in Sweden, where the first Lekotek was begun in the early 1960’s by two mothers of children with disabiltiies.
“Lek” means “play” in Swedish and “tek” is the Greek suffix for “library”.
Lekoteks are resource centers and play libraries for families with children who have disabilities or special needs. By providing play counseling, home loan of toys, and family education, Lekoteks give children the key to a childhood of joy and accomplishment. It is after all, through play that all children learn about the world around them.
Today Lekoteks exist throughout the United States and serve thousands of families annually. Membership in the Lekotek network strengthens the West Suburban Special Recreation Association Lekotek.
The Lekotek Leaders at the West Suburban Special Recreation Association Lekotek have backgrounds in early childhood special education and therapeutic recreation, and have received specialized training and certification at the National Lekotek Center in Chicago.
The West Suburban Special Recreation Association Lekotek owns thousands of toys. These toys include commercial, educational and specially designed toys from the United States and Europe. Some of our toys have been handmade to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities.
Also available for loan are videotapes and books of interest to parents of children with special needs.