SensiPal was started in late 2017 when our family began to search for sensory items after our son was diagnosed with Autism. We were surprised by the high prices (so many items were marked up so much simply because they had the word "therapy" in the title!). We decided to take matters into our own hands. It started with a single weighted blanket that turned into another and another and snowballed into a real business!
Through 2018, we added more and more products including handmade and resale items. While we loved the expansion and new offerings, the upkeep became too large and cumbersome for our family to handle. We were at a crossroads: Continue on the same path and keep expanding (needing a large, separate building and employees) or go back to our roots and pare down our offerings to handmade items only. We decided small and handmade was where our hearts were. So in early 2019 we made the decision to sell off the resale products and begin refocusing on our handmade items.
In 2020, as things were shut down due to the pandemic, our online sales exploded and we grew even more. We expanded our home workshop and added an employee. We continue to create all of our items by hand, with love.
SensiPal is run out of a workshop in our home in Defiance, Ohio. When you purchase from us, you are supporting REAL families like yours that understand and care for you! Catherine (the creator and owner) makes or assembles EVERY item we sell by hand (now with the help of our employee as well). Elijah, our 13 year old son, considers himself the CEO of the company and is a great salesman (but a tough boss!). Locally, we can be found at many craft shows during the spring, summer, and fall. See our Facebook page for announcements on upcoming shows.
Read the whole story of how SensiPal was born on our blog here.