Original Press Release:
Suwanee, Georgia (PRWEB) April 24, 2017
Autism; Soothing the Senses and Saving the Planet without a Sink
Startup creates multi-sensory station with touch, sight and sound for the Autism community. The portable station provides continuous water flow for sensor interaction and can save 30-50 thousand gallons of water annually with average use.
Suwanee, Georgia (PRWEB) April 24, 2017
After five years of designing, prototyping, and testing, Suwanee, Georgia based startup WaterPlay Systems is launching a new concept in sensory interaction. The idea of water interaction for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is nothing new in itself. However, the comprehensive design, developed by BeOriginal, will bring multiple aspects of sensory interaction together in one product at a reasonable price.
"The initial idea came when my wife, who was a para-pro in a special needs class was talking with a speech therapist about the ongoing concerns of children on the spectrum, either overflowing the sink playing in the water or burning their hands by using hot water,” said, now CEO of WaterPlay SystemsTM, Lou Leazenbee. “I thought to myself, I can solve that problem.”
So off to the hardware store and other suppliers to gather parts to make his water circulatory system. Once Lou had a working model he attended an Autism Conference to display his initial approach. "With over 40 years of introducing new products in the scientific market, I was simply amazed at the positive response I received,” commented Lou.
He then took his concept to a long time business associate Barry Brimer, founder at design studio BeOriginal. "After seeing Lou's concept, I knew we could design a better user experience while adding additional functionality and interactivity,” stated Barry.
After two more years of design, prototyping, and testing, both Lou and Barry knew they would need a strategic partner to bring the unit to market. They sought out a company that wanted to make a difference and had manufacturing capabilities. "When we were approached by Lou to be involved in a project that, at its core, used water to help children on the spectrum, OASE knew it dovetailed beautifully with our company's motto ‘Living Water,’" stated Doug Ward, President of GeoGlobal Partners, a division of OASE.
For another two years WaterPlay Systems™ worked with local organization, Social Skills Today, provider’s of spectrum camps and clubs for all ages of ASD.
The Sensory Station has three main sensory components: touch, sight, and sound. First, a continuous water flow system. Second, an interactive LED light strip built into the unit that shines, not only on the water, but also displays outward. And third, a built-in USB plug for adding an optional Bluetooth™ speaker.
WaterPlay Systems™ will start taking pre-orders on April 24 during National Autism Awareness Month.
About WaterPlay Systems™
WaterPlay Systems (http://www.WaterPlaySystems.com), headquartered in Greensboro, Georgia, designs and distributes specialty products made for the special needs community.
For more information see the company’s website at http://www.WaterPlaySystems.com or call (800) 601-0645.
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Places we will be:
Update: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Come Support - Paddle4Autism @ Holmes Beach (Anna Marie Island)
We are donating a Sensory Station to help support Paddle4autism.org
Come join Paddle4Autism for our 1st event at beautiful:
Anna Maria Island on Holmes beach.
4000 Gulf Blvd.
Holmes Beach Fl. 34217
or Call for additional info: Call 813-575-0543
The mission of Paddle 4 Autism is to help children find balance on the water and transcend the spectrum.
Paddle 4 Autism (P4A) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that hosts events around the Tampa Bay area in support of children with autism and special needs. We are passionate about supporting our community and encourage you to attend one or all of our events. P4A is extremely thankful for our amazing group of volunteers that help make every event a success!
For more info you can go to their Facebook page: HERE
We had a great time and met a lot of new families. Also, we have placed several systems into sensory rooms in the Atlanta area from contacts we have made here. We look forward to doing this again next year.
October 7, 2017 - Georgia Race for Autism and Fall Festival Saturday at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Georgia