Lindsey Laurain (ezpz’s founder) has a huge heart when it comes to the special needs community.
She has dedicated resources to make proper eating techniques and awareness of appropriate developmental milestones a focus of our company. More specifically, she has hired me, Dawn Winkelmann, M.S., CCC-SLP, as the Special Needs Program Coordinator and Feeding Specialist. As such, ezpz’s products are tested and approved by me (and other therapists) to ensure that neurotypical children, as well as kids with special needs, can use our products.
Additionally, ezpz is honored to be part of the Changing the Face of Beauty campaign. This campaign involves highlighting individuals with disabilities as models in the media and advocating for other commercial retailers to do the same. ezpz supports this movement not only because our products have helped children (and adults) with disabilities, but also because we love seeing the beautiful faces of our customers and models with Down syndrome, autism, low vision, cerebral palsy… just to name a few.
I’m proud to work for a company that has made changing lives a core value by way of ensuring mealtime is “ezpz” for all families. Below are testimonials from some of the families we are fortunate to know and support.
“I wanted to tell you how awesome your mat has been for us. You see, my 4-year-old sweet boy is nonverbal and autistic, and mealtime hasn't always been easy. Since getting his mat for Christmas he recognizes that the blue Happy Mat is his. It's tough to know when he's hungry or not, but the other day he grabbed his mat, brought it to me and motioned me towards the kitchen! My little guy let me know that he was hungry and to serve his food on his mat. It’s baby steps to get him to talk – we hope one day he can yell it to the world that he's hungry. Thank you!” – Patricia Lopez
Testimonials: Down Syndrome
"As a speech therapist and mom to a 2-year-old son with Down syndrome, I fully vouch for the life changing characteristics of ezpz products. They are truly amazing!
They have improved the quality of mealtime around my house, both communication-wise and behaviorally. Not only has Mack stopped throwing his plate/bowl, he also is willing to try new foods and has dramatically increased the amount of language used.
A less stressful mealtime definitely makes for a more communicative child. I recommend them to all of my mommy friends and am excited to use them in therapy as well!” – Michelle Steffen (Mack’s mom)
Testimonials: Cerebral Palsy
“The ezpz mats have helped my child with cerebral palsy to learn to self-feed. Since the dish doesn’t slide around, it allows him to focus on utensil skills.” – Connie Chai McKenney
“We love our ezpz mats! I have a 5-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy and she has trouble with fine motor control. These are great for her to independently use her utensils while eating, since typical plates slide around as she tries to use her fork/spoon!” – Angie Mortvedt-Kamps
Testimonials: Low Vision
“I wanted to send a quick note to praise your genius design! My son Harper was born with a very rare eye condition called Peters Anomaly, which stole his vision. Your Happy Bowl has made self-feeding possible for him! The fact that he doesn't have to worry about pushing his plate or bowl out of reach when trying to grab his snacks solved half of the problem he faced! Thank you so much for making eating less stressful and enjoyable for Harper!” – Robyn (Harper’s mom)
“Before we received the Happy Mat I felt like there was a feeding product out there for everyone else’s needs but ours. Low vision is all about contrast and consistency and that’s why the Happy Mat is perfect for us!” – Laura Ostrowski
“I provide Occupational Therapy services at a Brain Injury Facility. I saw your presentation on Shark Tank and immediately purchased the mat for one of my patients who is blind and has limited cognitive skills. The ezpz mat has been a wonderful adaptation and she now scoops and feeds herself with little assistance. She used to require hand held assistance and would throw her utensils. Thank you so much, as I will be ordering more for our patients with varying disabilities.” – Stacy St George-Flanagan