Providing therapeutic products for children with cognitive and physical disabilities


Clap Your Hands  M A K E O V E R   G I V E A W A Y

WAS A GREAT SUCCESS – Helped 28 Schools!

Original vision was to help 10 schools but ended up helping 28!!!

*Teachers from the districts will still continue to be able to request sample bags from Clap Your Hands – for their Self-Contained Classrooms.

Our Mission Statement

Clap Your Hands provides therapeutic products for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. We serve in the tri-counties of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester. We work directly with the child’s therapist, pediatrician and/or inclusive class teacher or counselor.  All of our products are free of charge to the qualifying families and schools.

Overall highlights of Clap Your Hands – End of Year 2020

In November we celebrated our six-year anniversary as a 501 c3 pediatric non-profit.  We continue to provide therapeutic products for children with cognitive and physical disabilities in the Low Country.

In the past 6 years we have been able to donate 14,000 therapeutic products to our local families and schools – free of charge. This is only possible because of the generosity of our donors, such as yourself. Our entire team of seamstresses are volunteers. We have no overhead or debt, making it all possible for   us to use our funding for the children.

Last year we offered our big one-day Back to School event for teachers, counselors and resource teachers within the self-contained classrooms. We broke our one-day record in giving by donating to 1,800 classroom products.  This year we had the community schools contact us directly and we provided sensory sample bags to each self-contained teacher, therapists, and resource teacher with the products that will help each student in the classroom.

Covid-19 has thrown us some curve balls in 2020, but we adjusted as needed. When the calls came because of a lack of facial masks for essential workers, we “answered the call” by providing 700 facial masks to them in our local communities. Help keeping everyone safe is our top priority.

We are hoping to offer free workshops in the community to learn how to make weighted blankets, lap pads and vests in 2021.

Clap Your Hands was honored to receive an Excellence in Community Service recognition. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented the award to Sue Desautels in March 2020.

Sue Desautels

Founder and Executive Director of Clap Your Hands

Products and Services

Our weighted products provide a calming effect on the children. The weight release stress from the child, in the same way as giving a tight hug or swaddling a baby. Our weighted items have aided children with Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, Sensory Processing disorders, and many more.

Our Sensory pads are made with different types of textured material. We have many sizes and shapes designed especially for the child. We believe these to be extremely helpful for children who have been diagnosed with Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania. By giving the children an alternative to destructive behavior they are able to self soothe on their own.

WHAT WE MAKE – Weighted blankets, vests, lap and neck pads, maze pads, dressing vests, sensory pads, G-tube buttons, therapy hand and practice socks, fingerless gloves, ponchos, bibs for older children.

*Clap Your Hands is a pediatric 501 c3 non-profit – Ages 0 – 18 years old. The family must live in the tri-county areas of Berkeley, Charleston or Dochester 2 of S.C.
*Clap Your Hands works directly with your child’s therapist, counselor or pediatrician.
*The child must have a medical diagnosis.
*The therapist, counselor or pediatrician needs to email their referral to They will need to state their full name, place of employment, child’s gender, age, weight, height, diagnosis and the county where the child lives. We will NEVER ask for the child’s name.
*All pick-ups are at my home.The therapist, counselor, pediatrician, or a staff member needs to pick up the order.
*Your child may request a certain fabric or character, but we can’t always guarantee with the high demand for blankets.
*There are no insurance forms to fill out.
*There are no income requirements – all of our products are free of charge to our local families and schools.
We presently work with over 96 agencies around the Lowcountry.
We provide therapeutic samples to our exceptional classrooms within the tri-country area.
We are a 100% volunteer-based organization.
If you would like us to come and speak with your organization or set up a free workshop day to learn how to make a weighted product please email us at

Free Weekly Classes

Clap Your Hands is now offering free weekly classes on how to make a weighted lap pad. One of our skilled workers has volunteered to open their home to anyone who wants to learn how to sew these lap pads.  Space is limited, so if you’d like to attend please email us at – at least for the first attendance. We will give you the address and phone number at that time.

You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine or we do have a few extra machines available.  All fabrics and materials are included.  All lap pads are the property of Clap Your Hands and will be donated to our local schools and families in the Lowcountry.   Email us for the phone number and address – which is in Summerville

Some dates and times may change – but pretty much every other Monday.

July 31st., August 14th., August 28th., September 11th., September 25th., October 9th., October 23rd., November 6th., November 20th.

Babies should not show a hand preference before 18 months old.

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