BSc Product Design
Since childhood, I have spent lots of time creating and making, which has been developed further through studying product design. I have a particular interest in designing children's products that are imaginative and playful, as well as artistic sculptural pieces.
Children with Autism often show deficits in their play, such as only playing with certain types of toys and in repetitive manners. Play is an integral part of every child's development, with sensory play being particularly beneficial to children with autism. As every individual with autism has a unique set of needs, Form-a-Friend offers a wide range of sensory toys, that can be slotted together, creating a sensory figure, tailored to a child's specific sensory needs. Any type of change can be difficult for a person with autism, including the use of new toys. Having a collection of toys, that are resemblant of one another, provides a sense of familiarity to a child, when interacting with a new form of sensory feedback. Specialist schools, for children with autism, often implement new schemes to try and improve the play skills of their pupils, and Form-a-Friend provides the necessary tools to help them encourage healthy, balanced play.
Children who engage in food preparation are twice as likely to try new foods more than their peers. When cooking with their parents, children's confidence, fine motor skills, and bonds with their family, all improve. 'Prep Pal's' colourful and playful design appeals to children; with all the necessary tools to complete any family recipe. With parental supervision, Prep Pal can be used by children, as young as two years old, with design tailored for smaller hands and less dexterity.