Naper Wow Pow: Support Emotiplush doll on Kickstarter

Emotiplush, an innovative toy to help children better understand facial expressions through hands on interaction with one of four characters, Tommy, Looey, Emily and Tasha, developed by a Naperville mom seeking support through a kickstarter site at http://bit.ly/emotiplush.  |  Submitted
Emotiplush, an innovative toy to help children better understand facial expressions through hands on interaction with one of four characters, Tommy, Looey, Emily and Tasha, developed by a Naperville mom seeking support through a kickstarter site at http://bit.ly/emotiplush. | Submitted

“I’m just a mom,” says Naperville’s Padmini Sriman, the creator and inventor of the patent-pending Emotiplush.

Eyebrows and mouths of each of the four plush doll characters — Tommy, Looey, Emily and Tasha — are easily movable to mimic most any emotion.

With a Kickstarter site launched earlier this month, Sriman is hoping to generate funds and interest to further manufacture this one-of-a-kind toy that helps teach children about emotions, especially children with social-emotional development difficulties.

“My son was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder delay at age three,” says Sriman, an IT professional.

Sriman stopped working to care for her son and his fraternal twin sister, and went about searching for suitable toys.

“There was not much to help him understand facial expressions,” says Sriman of her son’s difficulties. “So I decided to sew some eyebrows onto a toy, and that helped. It was a big a-ha moment for me.”

“Dolls are non-threatening.”

A little over a year ago, Sriman started looking into manufacturing her own creation to benefit other children, encouraged by family, friends and even a social worker at the Prairie Children Preschool.

“It’s a very engaging item for the kids. They love to use their hands, and that gets their attention,” said social worker Cindy Frech, who has used the doll to supplement her curriculum.

Check out Emotiplush on the Kickstarter site, http://bit.ly/emotiplush, to find out how to support her project and receive a doll and fun story book. Visit www.emoti-plush.com for more information.

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