PunkinFutz Puts Children First this Holiday Season

PunkinFutz Puts Children First this Holiday Season

By PunkinFutz

If you’re looking for the ultimate gift to spark imagination and self-expression for a child with adaptive needs this holiday season, look no further. PunkinFutz, an innovative company that designs and produces award-winning therapeutic play products has the perfect solution.

The company partners with occupational therapists, parents, designers, and children to develop and test its products.  All original PunkinFutz products are manufactured in the United States by adults with disabilities in supportive workplaces. You can be proud knowing that your thoughtful gifting supports a vital social mission.

“From our perfect stocking stuffers to our 2019 Top Toy Award-winning PunkinPlaySpace, our accessible products unleash the power of play for every child,” says company CEO and founder, Lisa Radcliffe, “while our adaptive workforce positively models that child’s future.”

PRODUCTS DESIGNED WITH FIDGETING IN MIND

Imagine the endless possibilities with the company’s line of PunkinFidgets. Its PomPoms provide multiple options for sensory interaction, including catch and release, hand and upper extremity exercise, calming and focus. These colorful cartwheel-shaped items come in large and small sizes and are ideal for quiet environments – the car, theater or classroom.

For your sensory-seekers, the Scratchy Squares are the first scratchy fidget ever sold. Sized to fit in small hands with slight weight to work either with the PunkinHug compression vests or on its own, they help support focus, calm and self-control.

The brightly colored Marble Maze has engaging textures that can be also be used on its own or paired with the vest. The maze supports focus, helps to increase hand and finger strength, and builds fine motor skills.

ACCESSORY BAGS IN BOLD, BEAUTIFUL SHAPES AND COLORS

If your child is on the move, then the PunkinPie is ideal. These patented, trendy accessory bags carry inhalers, wallets, ID cards, cellphones, EpiPens – anything they may need to keep close at hand. Designed especially for wheelchairs, PunkinPies will also work on walkers, scooters, strollers, bicycles, and carts for the coolest ride on the block. They are water-resistant; highly reflective, using fabrics created for the US Military and first responders; ensure easy access with pull zippers and Velcro straps, and are durable and washable to make for easy cleaning and use. The options of colors and patches make them a personalized expression for every child’s style.

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. children have physical, developmental, sensory and/or emotional disabilities – affecting approximately one out of five or 8.2 million American children between the ages of 4 and 12.1  PunkinFutz is creating products specifically for this underserved population, because research shows creative play is a  powerful development tool for children with disabilities.

“As the mother of two children with adaptive needs, I am inspired every day to make a positive difference for them and for others,” says Radcliffe.  PunkinFutz employs a fully adaptive workforce and produces the highest quality products that fulfill multiple therapeutic goals. We use universal design, so our products can be enjoyed by children of all abilities.”

The company is the recipient of 11 toy industry awards in three years for its innovative products. Products range in price from $12.00 to $85.00 and can be purchased online at www.PunkinFutz.com.

“If you’re looking for an intentional gift, PunkinFutz products have value on many levels,” adds Radcliffe.

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) and the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). Founder Lisa Radcliffe is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Council for Exceptional Children. All PunkinFutz products meet ASTM F963 standards.

1 National Profile of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Key Findings from the 2009/10 NS‐CSHCN & 2011/12 NSCH, https://www.childhealthdata.org/

 

Cynthia Tait

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