A Note from Jessica
My name is Jessica Handler and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist working in Early Intervention and at Boston Children’s Hospital. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of children with feeding and swallowing disorders (i.e. pediatric dysphagia). A stable, supportive seating system enables and encourages the posture needed to improve feeding. The highchairs that are typically recommended for more medically complex children retail at $164-$249 (Stokke Tripp Trapp, Keekaroo etc.). Over the past 4 years, I have worked with many families who do not have the means to purchase such an expensive (but necessary) piece of equipment. In lieu of birthday gifts, I am fundraising for a very unique non-profit organization called Charlotte’s Day. Created by the parents of a child receiving intensive feeding therapy, Charlotte’s Day is dedicated to distributing specialized highchairs to underserved families around the United States at no cost. My goal is to raise $1,000, which is equivalent to four highchairs. Please consider donating to this amazing program.
About Charlotte's Day
We launched Charlotte’s Day in 2017 after spending many years in feeding therapy with our daughter Charlotte. We realized that we were so fortunate to be able to provide her with the tools she needed to succeed but that other families weren’t so fortunate. Charlotte’s Day is focused on providing height adjustable chairs to children who find eating difficult or nearly impossible. Without these chairs, many children will continue to struggle at mealtime and fall behind. We have provided new specialty high chairs to nearly 100 families across the country in the past year and a half, but without help from people like you, we will be unable to provide this amazing tool to children. The chairs we provide are so much more than high chairs, they continue to adjust as a child grows allowing them to use them for many years to come.
Your donation will enable families to continue to foster the development of their child’s feeding skills by bringing a critical component of his/her feeding therapy into their everyday life.