A story on WFFT- Fort Wayne, Ind., shares about a business, Capeable Sensory Products, which helps people with autism or sensory issues. The company was founded by Marna Pacheco, a member of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor), and her business partner, Susan Hickok. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article and video.
Local group has unique treatment for autism/sensory issues
People dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression have difficulties finding a sense of calm, but one local Fort Wayne organization called Capeable Sensory Products is giving comfort to those who need it most.
Parents of kids with autism or sensory issues know what it’s like trying to find clothes or blankets to help their child. However, there’s good news. A new company is making special items — capes, blankets, and other things — that can help calm or soothe a child.
Marna Pacheco and her daughter share the classic mother-daughter relationship; however, Marna’s daughter deals with more struggles and needs more help than most.
“She has special needs, and she really struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, and anxiety,” says Pacheco.
Marna wanted to find a way to help keep her daughter calm and peaceful – thus creating a cape her daughter could wear. After positive feedback, she wanted to expand her idea further by teaming up with her friend, fashion designer Susan Hickok, and founded Capeable Sensory Products.
“The cape is an amazing design,” says Hickok, referring to the physiological effects of wearing the cape. “It’s both the weight and the fit and compression and the actual touch on the shoulders. It is like getting a reassuring hug or placing comforting hands on someone.”
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