Growing up with a person with autism, communication was often a challenge. In order to allow my brother to communicate his needs without making eye contact, or requiring any attention, I offered him this tool.
The Emotional Support Dinosaur was implemented in aid to assist nonverbal children. These dinosaurs when facing away from the owner indicate that the owner is open to interaction. A dinosaur facing the owner indicates that the owner does not wish to engage.
Additionally, he found the stroking of the dinosaurs' spikes soothing during times of stress. Not only did my brother find it helpful, but many of his classmates found them helpful as well.
We began sponsoring the NAMI* Ball in San Diego, and decided to expand. We hope you enjoy.