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Mother develops a visual cues wristband for her son

Shared by João Canelhas on 2017-12-20 17:54

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When her younger son was diagnosed with Autism, Denise quickly became educated on the use of Visual Cues – single-image pictures that help those with language and communication challenges perform everyday tasks.

Since people with Autism think in pictures, visual cues help them follow a schedule, manage behavior, tolerate new activities, and communicate with others.
Denise’s son’s behavior and language skills improved dramatically with the use of visual cues, but the cues were often time-consuming to make and cumbersome to transport and manage.

She also wanted to share this communication method with other parents to experience the success her child had with visual cues, so Denise realized that she needed to create visual cues that would be portable, fashionable and fun to use.

Denise then had an "aha" moment. While her visual cues box was in another room, she thought of the idea of wearing visual cues and thought, “if I only had cues on a bracelet, then I could capture teachable moments in any setting!”, Denise said.

From that moment, she began creating the QCharm Portable Visual Cue System, which displays visual cues printed on flat surfaced charms that clip onto silicone wristbands.

Since starting QCharm in 2006, Denise says the greatest benefit has been seeing the positive ways in which the QCharm has helped other caregivers and educators manage their loved one’s needs more easily, so much so that they are able to leave their houses more often to participate in activities with others and enjoy more of what life has to offer.

Denise hasn't finished and has future plans to market QCharm nationally and generate awareness of her business and the power of visual cues that can help families and caregivers enjoy easy communication.

With the support of The UPS Store small business solutions, Denise will be brainstorming ideas to get the word out!


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About the author

Denise Meissner, born in Swansea, UK, in 1966, is an Occupational Therapist. She developed QCharm Portable & Visual Cueing System, a wristband with Visual Cues that helps those with language and communication challenges perform everyday tasks, inspired by her son, who is autistic.

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