Challenges of COVID-19 Virtual Discussion Series For Parents of Children With Adaptive Needs

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PunkinFutz, the award winning company that makes sensory play products for children with physical, sensory, developmental and emotional needs, is providing resources for parents to help navigate the unique challenges they now face with work and children at home and in light of the international COVID-19 pandemic. It will launch a weekly Wednesdays at Noon FACEBOOK discussion on timely topics, recommendations and best practices.

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“Community support is everything,” says company founder and CEO Lisa Radcliffe. “As the mother of two children with adaptive needs, I know how disruptive and overwhelming this is. We want use our platform to connect with our community, offer support and share information."

PunkinFutz, the award winning company that makes sensory play products for children with physical, sensory, developmental and emotional needs, is providing resources for parents to help navigate the unique challenges they now face with work and children at home and in light of the international COVID-19 pandemic. It will launch a weekly Wednesdays at Noon FACEBOOK discussion on timely topics, recommendations and best practices.

“Community support is everything,” says company founder and CEO Lisa Radcliffe. “As the mother of two children with adaptive needs, I know how disruptive and overwhelming this is. We want use our platform to connect with our community, offer support and share information. By combining our resources, we can all benefit.”

The virtual discussions will include a broad range of timely topics, featuring parent advocates, occupational therapists, business leaders, health professionals and PunkinFutz staff, among others. Each conversation will last 45 minutes, a shared ‘lunchtime,’ starting with a structured discussion based upon the announced topic, then providing opportunity for audience participation and questions. In addition, sign language interpretation will be made available within 24 hours of each live session.

Please log onto: https://www.facebook.com/punkinfutz/ at noon eastern time for each 45-minute session. The first four speakers, topics and dates are as follows:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Staying Productive at Home: Expert Tips from Work-at-Home Professionals
Alex Herold, founder and CEO of Patti + Ricky, the adaptive fashion marketplace for women, men, and children with disabilities.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Managing the Chaos: A Mom’s Point of View
Lauren Helms, Connecticut resident, military wife, and mother of 4-year-old twins RoJo and Evie, gave birth at just 26 weeks in 2016. Complications of extreme prematurity left Evie with lifelong health challenges, as well as physical disabilities. Lauren has dedicated her life to advocating for both her children and created a Facebook page known as The Crazy Haired Momma.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Value of Early Intervention: Changing the Future
Meagan Kobielski, OTR/L, and Alix Dantec, MS, OTR/L will discuss their new book, Milestones Checklist: Birth to Two Years Old. Meagan and Alix are both practicing occupational therapists, who will talk about the value of Early Intervention.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
On-Line Occupational Therapy: Expert Advice for Making it Work
Occupational therapist Camille Crayton, OTR/L will give at-home tips for supporting your children’s occupational therapy needs while at home.

“With many children in our community, the loss of interventive therapies can be a major set-back. We want to provide as many resources as possible,” says Radcliffe. “In addition to our Wednesdays at Noon, we are compiling a list of free resources that we will make available on our website. All of our activities/curriculum will be available for free download. Finally, once we are able to ship again from Brooklyn, we will offer new PunkinFutz product bundles at wholesale prices to support the needs of families whose lives have been affected. We want to do everything we can to support our community.”

About PunkinFutz:
Launched in 2016, PunkinFutz uses universal design to create therapeutic play products for children with a broad range of physical, sensory, developmental and emotional needs. PunkinFutz products promote individual expression, creativity and imagination. All PunkinFutz original products are manufactured in the USA in supportive and adaptive workplaces using the highest quality materials and responsible sourcing. PunkinFutz has won eleven awards for its innovative products and is a member of the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Founder Lisa Radcliffe is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Council for Exceptional Children. All PunkinFutz products meet ASTM F963 standards.

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