Jumping Jacks Children’s Boutique is a great example of a sensory-friendly store.
They are located just outside of Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. Moreover, they are locally owned. Jumping Jacks is a quality children’s and maternity consignment boutique. Furthermore, they also proudly carry many local new products along with other new products.
Alessa Martin, an autism mom, established jumping Jacks in 2018. They are unique! Because they give back in so many ways. Alessa shares her story. She is a mom of three with two boys who are autistic. Therefore, she understands the reality of autism and shopping. As such, she created a sensory-friendly store.
As a sensory-friendly store, at Jumping Jacks they:
- carry sensory products from FDMT
- sell custom weighted blankets & lap pads.
- welcome moms who are breastfeeding. Alessa wants moms to be just as comfortable as their children in the store. This is just one of many examples of help and understanding for families in general, including autism families.
- have a play area in the middle of the store. As an autism mom, she understands a day in the life of autism. She knows that autistic children bolt and children with autism wander. Alessa created an engaging play area in the middle of the store to entertain children and keep them away from exits.
- provide a fully-equipped change table for infants and toddlers
- invite welcomes parents of autistic children to the store to have a chat with Alessa.
Moreover, the Jumping Jacks clothing donation program helps:
- foster families
- the neonatal ICU at the local hospital
- a clothing bank at the nearest elementary school
- and, the New Brunswick Association of Community Living.
So as a sensory-friendly store, they give back to people in the community who are also likely to seek sensory-friendly living too.
Also, they’ve hosted an exceptional student with Down Syndrome on career placement. Alessa relays that the student thrived in a retail environment. Alessa views that experience as a benefit to employer, community as well as the student.
Even more, they have two charity consignment accounts that benefit OPAL family services and Autism Connection Fredericton. These two organizations serve special needs families, including families with autism, and are close to the heart of Jumping Jacks’ owner Alessa.
Meanwhile, Alessa and Jumping Jacks are truly sensory-friendly leaders. They hosted their first Sensory Friendly Community Fundraiser in 2018 They had several emergency vehicles visit. This is another way that Alessa and Jumping Jacks support autism. She knows children with autism often have noise sensitivity. Nevertheless, she knows the importance as a parent of her children being comfortable with emergency vehicles and emergency responders. So the event had emergency response vehicles visit, but without their lights, sirens, and horns. Again, they gave back in many ways, collecting non-perishable breakfast food items for Priestman St. School breakfast program at the event.
In conclusion, thanks to Alessa and Jumping Jacks for being a great example of a sensory-friendly store.
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Christel Seeberger worked as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years helping people with sensory sensitivity who experience sensory overload. Christel has sensory sensitivity herself; she has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016. Sensory Friendly Solutions brings together people around the world looking for sensory friendly living and businesses and organizations who offer sensory friendly experiences.