Dr. Stevanne 'Dr. Toy' Auerbach joins Tom Hayes and Patricia Shih for a look at Dr. Toys' career as the leading authority of play and the role of toys in child development.
Dr. Auerbach, an established speaker, consultant, and author, is trained in child development, psychology, education and special education. Dr. Auerbach’s title, Dr.Toy, is well earned, starting with her consulting assignment with Creative Playthings, Inc. in 1968 when she developed its first educational marketing program.
She approved the first funding federal grant for the Children's Television Workshop, "Sesame Street,” worked for the Commissioner of Education, Dr. James E, Allan, evaluated reading, Urban Education and other Title One Programs at the U.S. Office of Education. She created the “What Works” series reporting on promising school practices.
Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/? Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play Quotient) (Ingram/?Lightening Source; Educational Insights; first edition, St. Martin’s Press) is a unique guide to play, child development, and appropriate toys from baby to older children.
The book is published in the U.S.A. and China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. Her book Toys for a Lifetime (FAO Schwarz/?Rizzoli) focuses on classic toys and future toys.
Since completing her doctoral degree she published 15 books on parenting, childcare, toys, and play. Five childcare books were re-released in 2011.
Her feature articles appeared in Family Circle (1986), in Parenting Magazine (1987), and in Dr. Toy's Guide at www.drtoy.com, visited daily by thousands. Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide App was released in December 2011, and updated 2014.