Lekotek

Lekotek Southeastern Louisiana University 

Website: pangea.selu.edu/~lekotek

Mission of Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University: To make the world of play accessible to children with disabilities by encouraging interactive play within the family unit and community life.

Purpose of Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University: To support families of children with disabilities through special play activity sessions and loaning out of toys.

 Importance of Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University: Southeastern has the distinction of being the host site of a Lekotek facility that showcases the university as meeting the ever-changing educational and cultural needs of our community and produces teacher candidates who are engaged in innovative and progressive programs that showcase best-practices.

Significance of Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University: Local, State, and National

• Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University is currently the first and only Lekotek facility in the country hosted by a university.

• Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University is currently the first and only Lekotek facility in Louisiana.

• Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University is currently the first and only Lekotek facility in the southern part of the country – closest Lekotek facility is in Georgia.

• Lekotek of Southeastern Louisiana University is currently the first and only Lekotek facility in the surrounding community. 

The History of Lekotek:

Lekotek is loosely translated as "play library." The first Lekotek was begun in Stockholm

in 1963 by parents and teachers of children who had special needs. In the late 1970s two

American special education professionals learned of the Lekotek concept at an educational

conference. They were so inspired by the idea that they traveled to Sweden to receive

training in Lekotek methods. Under their guidance, the first American Lekotek opened its

doors in Evanston, Illinois in 1980. Since that time Lekotek has developed into a national

network serving thousands of children with disabilities and their families. The phenomenal

growth of Lekotek has resulted in part because its philosophy is practical and simple to

understand. Today the Lekotek model has been successfully adapted in over 30 countries.

It is no longer just for the child with disabilities but for any child or family with a special

need.

 

Contact Us

For more information or to get involved, email lekotek@southeatern.edu or visit our website at pangea.selu.edu/~lekotek.