Clap Your Hands
Clap Your Hands provides therapeutic products for children with cognitive and physical disabilities.
We are a small group of volunteers and all items made are by donation only. We are then able to provide for families ~ FREE of charge: weighted blankets, vests, lap pads, sensory lap pads, bibs, dressing boards, maze lap pads, and therapy hand socks.
Who qualifies? Children up to age 18 years old with a qualifying diagnosis and who are referred through a licensed therapist (OT, PT, ABA, SPL, CBT), early interventionist, psychoeducational specialist, school psychologist, teacher, or pediatrician.
Who benefits? Our products benefit children who may suffer from sensory processing issues due to Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's), ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Stroke, Sensory Processing Disorder, and many more.
How did this organization get started? Our founder's grandchild was born with several disabilities, and out of a need to help her become more independent Clap Your Hands was born.
Why don't we charge the families? As any family of a disabled child can tell you, the cost of raising a special needs child is astronomical and we are losing more benefits everyday from lack of health care services and support.
Can you help us help them? Thank you for your support and encouragement as we make a difference in the tri-county of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester.
Our 2018 donation goal was set for 3,000 (in 2017 we finished with 2,777 donated products). We finished out the year by providing 3,101 therapeutic donations in the counties of Berkeley, Charleston and DD2. The combination of products were weighted blankets, lap pads, vests, fidget pads, mazes, sensory pads, body sox, weighted belts/sashes, bibs/shirt savers, G-tube buttons, chewies, tension bands, pea pods, fidgets, ear muffs, weighted denim caps, fidget seats, timers, dressing boards, rice/neck pads, tactile bags, weighted arms for the back of chairs, sequin pads, animal lap pads, fingerless gloves, sensory tactile bags, adaptive scissors, and therapeutic hand socks. Our handmade products are crafted by our volunteers in the Lowcountry. We donate them through our partner therapists/pediatricians/counselors. Some of our products are purchased exclusively for our exceptional school classrooms.
We were invited and spoke at the OPTA College of Charleston and MUSC therapy student department on the importance of weighted products within the special needs community.
We partnered with the Family Connection of SC to hold our first Latino Sewing Bee workshop in the Lowcountry. We made 4 blankets and look forward to many more opportunities to serve together in 2019.
Our Board Members increased by 2, bringing our total Board up to 5 members. Sue Desautels, founder and executive director of Clap Your Hands. Jennifer Horres, owner of Path Finders Team Services; Roxene Bacon, assistant to the director and head seamstress; Allison Kane, owner of Tri-County Therapy, and Albert (AJ) Bilbrey, graduated from the Charleston School of Law, and works at the John Hughes Cooper Law Firm.
Our Rex Porter scholarship made it possible for 4 special needs children to go to camp over the summer.
We continue to be a 100% volunteer based organization.
We remain a debt free 501 c3 non-profit and have no overhead costs by working out of our homes.
We held quarterly free Sewing workshops to learn how to make weighted blankets, lap pads and vests.
One of our volunteers (Cathy) opens her home twice per month to teach how to make weighted products.
Over the summer we donated 1,032 therapeutic products to our local schools for the exceptional classrooms in the tri-county area.
We continue to donate sample products to our local churches in the Lowcountry that offer special need classes within their church, synagogue or mosque
We began CYH’s with 3 volunteers and now our team has expanded to 30+ volunteers around the Lowcountry. We would not be able to do what we do without our amazing volunteers. We have teachers, grandmothers, parents, and therapists who work countless hours to make sure “our” children have the best products possible.
We are also eternally grateful to our donors. There is no way we could provide thousands of therapeutic products to our families and schools without your generous financial support. We are blessed to have this partnership with our donors and community.
Thank you for your support and your words of encouragement. We look forward to another successful year in 2019.
With my deepest appreciation,
We have donated over 2,700 therapeutic products to our local schools and families in the Lowcountry. When we opened the invitation for teachers to request free samples of our products...we heard from 100 teachers in one week. During the months of June, July and August we diligently worked together and donated 800 sample products to the exceptional classrooms. Our products included weighted blankets, lap pads, vests, caps, sensory pads, mazes, chewies, pea pods, shirt savers and fidget toys. Our CYH's team tripled in 2017, and we look forward to many more joining us in 2018. We held free workshops and bi-monthly classes to train parents and therapists. We look forward to continuing our mission in 2018...providing new families and schools with our quality products...all FREE of charge.
All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the donations goes directly back to the therapeutic products. We are a 100% volunteer organization.
From the bottom of our heart we thank you and see you in 2018!!! Sue Desautels, Executive Director