School Specialty is teaming up with PunkinFutz, an innovator of products that support creative play and choice-making for students with various physical, emotional and sensory needs.
Evidence-based Sensory Solutions for Learners with Various Abilities
“We’re excited to team-up with a pioneering, community-driven enterprise such as PunkinFutz to deliver proven, quality solutions that address market needs and bring additional value to our customers,” said Doug Welles, Vice President of Sales – Specialty Businesses. “Through our School Specialty channel, we are proud to serve as the premier seller of PunkinFutz products to educators, occupational/physical therapists, parents, and care-givers seeking trusted capabilities that support all learners and advance their educational journeys.”
As the exclusive distributor, School Specialty will market the range of environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible resources from PunkinFutz within the United States. The exclusive distributor partnership offers greater access to a tool set that supports transformative environments which foster equity — giving each and every student what they need to thrive.
“At PunkinFutz, we’re committed to creating original products that focus on the unique needs of each child. In addition to our collaborative design process, we source only the highest quality, environmentally-friendly materials and produce all of our original products in adaptive workplaces here in the U.S. We create exceptional products for your child today and job opportunities for your child’s tomorrow,” stated Lisa Radcliffe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a 30 percent rise in the number of children diagnosed with Autism in the last 10 years. PunkinFutz proudly supports this community. At the same time, our Universal Design approach makes our products appropriate for all children. Our partnership with School Specialty enhances our reach to an underserved customer base and we look forward to accomplishing great things together!”
Learn More About PunkinFutz
PunkinFutz’s innovative, child-centric creative play system reflects the changing needs of each child and provides a different experience with each usage. The PunkinHug, for example, is a light-weight vest and the foundation of the integrated system. The fully breathable vest made of an open-cell foam has a highly-customizable 5-way fit that provides a deep compression while also delivering endless creative play options. The unique fabrication features a soft external loop and allows kids to express their creativity and individualization by attaching anything they want using Velcro®, making the PunkinHug a one-of-a-kind play experience.
“PunkinFutz products are multipurpose and relevant in our early childhood curriculum. They have allowed our students to explore their world in a variety of ways, across a variety of domains of development, such as language, motor, intellectual and social,” said Dr. Susan Straut Collard, Ph.D., Director, Dillon Child Study Center at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. “By using PunkinFutz products in our classrooms, we can address the Whole Child, which is so important to our mission. And, they are durable, colorful, washable and fun!”
Mr. Welles continued, “The PunkinFutz tool set aligns with our 21st Century Safe School initiative to drive solutions that enable educators and support the physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being of all students in their learning environments, with the objective of generating better outcomes. We’re excited for the future and strengthening this relationship for our customers’ benefit.”
Read the official press release here.
More Special Needs Products & Solutions
Stop by the School Specialty online store to see the range of PunkinFutz products available. Also be sure to visit the Special Needs page to find thousands of high quality products to support the needs students of all ages.