Clap Your Hands Back to School – Fill A Bag event was held on Saturday August 10, 2019 and was a great success.
There were 156 classrooms represented at the event. Clap Your Hands LOVES our community school teachers. May you all have an amazing school year for 2019/2020!
The numbers are in. There is a slight margin of error in some of the numbers, for example one therapist wrote she had 900 students…so large #’s I did not count into the factor. We donated 1,788 products. Door prizes were 20 Pea Pods and gift cards. We are helping just shy of 3,000 students in the Low Country. You can all be proud of yourselves. So that ALL children can begin the new school year with a great new start with the necessary tools to help them learn and self soothe.
We had an information table about our products along with our community business partners PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED HELP.
Thank you Summerville Junior Service League, Sweetgrass Pediatrics, Tri-County Therapy, Morningstar Storage among others and all the Clap Your Hands team of wonderful volunteers AND Board Members and their families. Also THANK YOU ABC News 4 Rachel Ellis for your news segment and to ABC News 4 Dean Stevens and Live 5 News Raphel James, along with some local radio stations, for promoting the event.
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.
PLEASE READ HOW TO QUALIFY FOR ONE OF OUR THERAPEUTIC PRODUCTS –
*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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com – 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.
Babies should not show a hand preference before 18 months old.
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Together we can make a difference.