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Educational tools for the autism community & educators, in the form of simplistic images to assist with the recognition of facial cues. Read more

Summerville, SC Academic
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Educational tools for the autism community & educators, in the form of simplistic images to assist with the recognition of facial cues.

Summerville, SC Academic
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About this project

KnowMySmile is being developed by arter and writist Drew Blank, with the goal of creating numerous new and exciting tools that will help special needs children express themselves and their feelings. Children with autism frequently struggle with understanding, recognizing or expressing emotion through typical facial expressions. 

Drew's intent is to create a fun and helpful line of flashcards, posters and books that parents and teachers can use with their children to help overcome this hurdle in a unique and imaginative way. 

In order to integrate these tools into families and schools, the materials must be made durable, to endure rigorous and continued use. The KnowMySmile flashcards will be printed on waterproof and tear proof materials that will withstand excessive handling. 

To help keep the price down, this KickStarter will make these tools available to parents and teachers at an affordable cost.

The ABCs of Me!
The ABCs of Me!

We are hoping to have products ready for shipment in September. This way, teachers and parents can incorporate the flashcards and other tools into daily exercises and learning when children head back to school.

"As a teacher in a Specialized Instruction classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, I have seen the joy that Drew's work brings to children with ASD firsthand. His artwork is beautifully crafted to enhance learning without being overstimulating. The balance of simplicity and complexity in his work has truly helped develop excitement and passion for learning in my classroom. I couldn't be more encouraged and excited for what is to come!"                                                                                     -JoAnna Barker, Specialized Instruction Autism

New Reward: Kickstarter Exclusive Prints
New Reward: Kickstarter Exclusive Prints

 The Sea Life Loves Ice Cream set will only be available if we reach our goal - prints and canvases will be available, but once the Kickstarter is over, this limited run of adorable art will be retired.

Risks and challenges

It's very important that the Emotions flashcard sets be sturdy, waterproof and resistant to rips and tears. This ensures that parents and educators can continue using the cards for years to come. We have found a manufacturer that specializes in this sort of paper and at this time we are looking at samples and brainstorming for other methods regarding durability.

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