About Us

We established our business, Thinking Toys, with the hope of increasing the awareness of a range of products that can bring specific benefit to children with special needs or learning difficulties.

It is a family business set up by myself (Aine) and Michael inspired by our eldest child Ailis (see picture), who has Sturge Weber Syndrome and who had major brain surgery when she was 2 years old. The frustration and difficulties we endured in trying to source suitable products that would assist in her development was a catalyst in deciding to try and reduce this frustration for other parents in similar situations.

As parents who have “been there and bought the tee-shirt”, we have a few simple philosophies that we aim to achieve in our aspiration of creating a One Stop Shop for Special Needs Toys and small scale specialist equipment in Ireland, namely:

  • Most extensive range of products available in Ireland (c. 3,000 products on our website)
  • Most competitive pricing (please compare!)
  • Products in stock and available for immediate shipping (not easy with a range of c. 3,000 products but we succeed most of the time)
  • To constantly liaise with therapists, parents and children to identify gaps in our product range and then strive to fill them (the last catalogue had 1,250 products – this one has 2,500)
  • Every product has as much potential importance as the next (we invest as much time and care in sourcing and promoting a €1 whistle as we do a €100 weighted product)

Hopefully, this website will assist in increasing awareness of the types of products that are available and the areas in which they can potentially make a difference.    


Availability of Stock

As parents of a child with special needs, we have experienced first hand the frustration in having to wait weeks or months for a recommended product to arrive. We aim to eliminate this frustration by carrying sufficient stock levels to ensure that products are dispatched within 2 to 3 days of receiving an order. Sometimes we fail in this, but we will always let customers know if there is going to be a delay at the time of placing an order. Products that are out of stock will be placed on a back order and delivered as soon as possible. To confirm our commitment to having products in stock at all times, all back orders are delivered free of charge.



We will also gladly demonstrate and display our products anywhere in Ireland to groups including therapists, teachers and support groups. There is no charge for this service and all we ask is that you try and make the display available to as many of the local service providers, schools and other groups. Please be aware, that as our product range has expanded it is impossible for us to bring the whole show on the road. Our website has details of the displays that are taking place. Also, watch out for a series of Special Christmas Toy Shows throughout the country that we organise each year during October and November.



What to do if the product you want is not in the catalogue or website?

Please contact us. We have built up relationships with many of the world’s largest suppliers of small scale specialist equipment and we will use these contacts to try and source your required product. 



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About Us

Our website, www.thinkingtoys.ie, will always be a useful reference point for new products, up to date prices and any other current news including upcoming displays around the country. We will have a separate category called New Products on the website that will identify all the new additions that were not included in the current catalogue.