We had the good fortune of connecting with Catherine Freeman & Carmyn Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Catherine & Carmyn, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My daughter Kensley is the reason we started our business. Kensley was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. We noticed a lack of fun activities and resources in our area for the autism & special needs community. We started providing sensory friendly birthday parties and events for children with autism & special needs.Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are speech language pathologists and also provide speech therapy services. We created an app called AuTKonnect (Autism Konnect) which allows families to search for sensory friendly events & vacations, adaptive activities and more. We started providing sensory friendly birthday parties, activities and events for children with autism & special needs. However, due to COVID, we had to pivot and launch our Konnect Kraze subscription boxes to provide speech & language activities, sensory fun and resources to doorsteps. Konnect Kraze by AuTKonnect is a quarterly subscription box for children with autism & special needs. Each quarter includes speech & language activities/tips, sensory friendly apparel, sensory toys/tools, guest experts and other resources!! We are most excited about our boxes and reaching people across the world. Since our launch in September, we have shipped to 22 states!! We are also excited about some new partnerships we have made since we launched our boxes! It has not been easy especially during these challenging times. It takes a lot of persistence and consistency to maintain a business. We have learned along the way that it is okay to pivot from your initial business idea. We are all about helping others. We are helping parents gain access to resources while their children can still enjoy the fun toys. We are open to partnerships with other organizations that serve the autism & special needs community. Also, we are always looking for other small businesses to include in our subscription boxes. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org .Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to shoutout our family. Our family is our support system. Our husbands and other family members are always providing help and words of encouragement.