When I was young, my sister and I built a fort in the nearby woods. Can you guess what the sign on the door said? "No boys allowed!" If I had a fort in my therapy room, I would post a sign, "No batteries allowed!"
Batteries create annoying sounds in toys, but that is not the main reason I want them out. If a toy is making sounds, my kiddos do not need to make sounds. They do not vocalize or verbalize as much.
The other day I helped Toys R Us stay in business, and when I brought the toys back to my office, the first thing I did was grab my drill.
The batteries were out in a snap.
I highly recommend removing the batteries from your children's toys. Toys do not need to make sounds. Children can make the sound effects themselves. They can use their own words rather than memorizing the phrases from the toy. Best of all, they can use their words to pretend and act out scenarios, since they have quiet to think and plan.
As a bonus, you won't have to listen to the sirens and tinny music from the toys.