1) To be the premier provider of therapeutic tools to play and child therapists.
ChildTherapyToys.com was born in 2001, in the home garage of Gary Yorke, Ph.D. and Jane Yorke, M.A. After seeing his patients each day, Dr. Gary would come home and ship customer orders with support from his family. Once word got out, business picked up and neighborhood teens were hired to assist with shipping and receiving. Eventually, the business grew too large for the family garage, and a small 800-square-foot space was rented on the second floor of a retail center. Shortly thereafter, ChildTherapyToys.com was able to hire its first full-time employee. A few short years and thousands of satisfied customers later, we now occupy a 3,000 square foot warehouse in Austin, Texas with a staff of three full-time and four part-time employees. We are proud to be the largest seller of play and child therapy toy products on the internet.
2) To always be attentive to the needs of our customers and responsive to their concerns.
We are committed to our customers! ChildTherapyToys.com stands behind all of the products we carry. In addition to having a unique and generous return policy on all of our games, our company supports play therapy around the country. We have donated merchandise to local agencies in need as well as routinely providing auction and door prizes to state and regional conferences. Many workshop presenters are also given the option of providing discount coupons to their workshop participants. ChildTherapyToys.com regularly attends The Association for Play Therapy annual conference, and supports APT through exhibitor fees and their advertising programs. Our president and founder Dr. Gary also provides workshops around the country on the use of games in play therapy, and matches dollar-for-dollar donations made through our website to the Save The Children Fund. Dr. Gary Yorke, a licensed psychologist, with over 25 years of experience, selects all games and is available to answer inquiries about the use of games and other items in a clinical setting.
Most importantly, we value your feedback! At the suggestion of one of our earliest customers we began carrying sand tray miniatures, and as demand for our miniatures grew we added sand and sand trays. Many of the products we now carry were suggested by our customers. In fact, many of the products we carry are made by, or published by our customers!
3) To be an ethical employer.
All of our full-time staff enjoy medical, disability, dental, and life insurance benefits, in addition to a Health Savings Account and a Costco membership. This year we are pleased to institute a matching funds retirement plan. Our part-time employees, mostly drawn from the university community and Austin music scene, are paid well above the minimum wage.
4) To be good stewards of the environment.
Since day one we have used biodegradable peanuts to package our products. We recycle boxes and packaging materials daily, and recently instituted pick-up recycling for plastics that cannot be reused by our warehouse.
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