Archive for May, 2011

Thesis Show: Proposed Room Layout


1. Natural disasters destroy buildings, infrastructure and networks,
2. leaving children with limited entertainment,
3. and anxiety that makes it harder to sleep and socialize.


1. Distressed children seek comfort objects.
2. Repetitive exposure to textural stimulation comforts and promotes healthy cognitive development.
3. The Pillow Foundation’s body pillow has textural variety to stimulate the senses, an internal pouch for calming scents, and fabric rocks for play.


1. We provide the patterns. Volunteers donate the fabrics and sew the pillows. We stuff them and provide quality control.
2. The Red Cross distributes them with other relief supplies.


Thesis Elevator Speech

After a disaster, children experience anxiety and stress making it harder to sleep and socialize. To move out of this state, children need the same thing babies need to survive: tangible stimulation. I’ve been working with psychologists to design a body pillow (that uses pattern sensory repetition) to help children return to healthy development. I’d like to set up a foundation to provide volunteers with sewing patterns and instructions to make the pillows and establish partnerships with NGOs such as the Red Cross and UNICEF to distribute the pillows. I know you care as much about children as I do. Do you think you could help me find the right contacts?