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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

How These Tennis Ball Chairs Are Helping Kids With Sensory Issues

Nava Silton

A speech language pathologist from Illinois has taken the Internet by storm with her innovative way to use tennis balls. Amy Maplethorne cut tennis balls in half and hot- glued them to the backs and seats of chairs. The special chairs have been shown to be helpful for children who have trouble regulating sensory input. These include students with autism, Downs syndrome and sensory sensitivities. With the help of these chairs Maplethorne has seen her students be better able to focus, less restless and better able to follow directions. Her tennis ball chairs have been shared on Facebook over 90,000 times. Maplethorne is excited by the benefits that the chairs provide her students and is thrilled that they will be able to help so many more students across the country. Read more about the tennis ball chairs here