Sensory Processing Disorder can be a difficult and scary world to navigate alone. Sensational Hope offers many ways for parents, grandparents, teachers and others that live or work with SPD children.
We host a closed Facebook support group made up of other Kansas City families. Sensational Hope also offers a Swap and Shop on Facebook for our families to sell or give away gently used sensory friendly clothing or therapy equipment.
Our organization coordinates several events a year that gives the parents and occasionally the kids a chance to meet each other face to face.
In short, you're not alone!
Sensory Processing Disorder children are often misunderstood. Meltdowns and behavioral outbursts due to sensory overload can make tasks like visiting the dentist or doctor, eating out and attending school difficult for the child as well as others that may not understand how to help them.
Sensational Hope offers free educational presentations to groups of any size to help others understand sensory challenges that children and even adults face on a daily basis as well as provide tips on how to make spaces more sensory friendly.
Meggin Finkeldei had a dream of having a not for profit organization starting in 2011. She and her husband Erich's second child, Jackson, had been born with SPD, yet no one seemed to be able to help with a diagnosis let alone resources, the correct therapy or financial assistance in paying for what therapy they could find.
After searching for a good therapy program, Meggin and Erich took Jackson to the STAR Center's intensive therapy program in Denver, Colorado and had a life changing experience for the better. It became apparent to them that they had to find a way to purchase equipment for their home. After calling countless organizations, they were repeatedly turned down since SPD is not a recognized medical condition according to DSM standards for diagnoseable conditions nor is it a terminal condition.
Frustrated, Meggin had a dream to develop Sensational Hope and be able to help many children in the future with the equipment they so desperately need as well as to increase community awareness and education about Sensory Processing Disorder. Five years in the making, her dream came true and she is blessed on a daily basis to work with the families she encounters along this sensational journey!
Meggin has been volunteering for over thirty years. As a mother of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder and seeing the need for education and support within the Kansas City community, she was determined to bridge the gap. Her passion is working with families to help advocate for their SPD children as well as providing education for the Kansas City community on SPD and how to make KC a sensory friendly city.
Mark has been involved with nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years. It began with his participation in the Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund both as a contributor and as a board member supporting agencies and local community needs. His involvement then moved to Make-A-Wish foundation of Kansas where he served for six years, including time a Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the organization. His passion in now focused supporting Sensational Hope in providing education to increase community awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder now that he understands the difficulties children with this disorder and/or dysfunction face on a daily basis. He has learned this through one of his grandchildren that experienced difficulty with daily activities that most people take for granted. He also hopes to help provide children in the Greater Kansas City area the physical equipment they can use to help them cope with daily issues thus making for a better day for them.
Having found Sensational Hope's support incredibly helpful to her family the past year, Kristen is thrilled to join the board of directors! She is passionate about advocating for people of all abilities, animal rescue and random acts of kindness. Kristen owns a private speech therapy and parent support practice in the northland and loves empowering local families. She is excited to help promote encouragement and connection within Kansas City SPD community.
Amanda is serving her first term on the Sensational Hope board. As an active member of her community paired with years of volunteer experience she is a welcome addition to the board.
Tara is serving her second term with Sensational Hope as Secretary. Tara has served as the V.P. of Membership on her local school's PTA Board as well as chaired multiple large events at the school. She oversees her family business with her husband as well as maintains a busy household with three children and a granddaughter. Tara's brings positive energy and creativeness to Sensational Hope!
Lisa brings many years of professional accounting experience to the Sensational Hope table. Lisa has served in the past as her local school's PTA Treasurer for two years.