zPods is helping #autistic kids sleep better

One of the most common questions I get from the parents of autistic kids, has to do with sleep or lack there of it. Autistic kids can struggle with sleep for a million different reasons and it's very common. Parents often find themselves sleep deprived and struggling. I can speak from personal experience in regards to chronic sleep deprivation and it's awful. It just is. Having said that, I wanted to take a few minutes and briefly share a little bit about a project I'm working on or rather, with. It's called zPods and it's so cool. zPods is a new type of bed designed for our neurodivergent kiddos and helps them to feel safe and comfortable, which naturally promotes sleep. Check out the new video they just shared. https://youtu.be/YWTp6sjGRQs…

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