Sensory Friendly Mask by Rafi Nova

By 3/04/2021 10:28:00 AM

Easterseals Southern California has teamed with socially conscious brand Rafi Nova, pioneer of the clear Smile Face Mask, to develop a Sensory-Friendly Mask to benefit children and adults with autism and other disabilities or anyone who finds wearing a conventional mask uncomfortable.

Note: I received product sample for review purpose, however any personal views expressed are always 100% my own

My Review

We received a sample of these masks and they feel so different then the usual cloth masks we've worked. The masks fully covers the face and feels silky smooth inside because of the lining.

The mask also has strap feature that helps holds the mask in place without any pressure to the face, ears or head. Overall it feels and fits great for children, teens and adults.

The Sensory-Friendly Mask retails for $14 (child sizes) and $16 (adults).

And with each purchase, a portion will be donated to Easterseals Southern California when you use code: ESSC

Did You Know

April is Autism Awareness Month & April 2 is Autism Awareness Day.

According to the CDC, about one-in-54 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). About one-in-six children aged 3–17 years (17%) were diagnosed with a developmental disability as reported by parents, during a study period of 2009-2017, including autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, blindness and cerebral palsy, among others.

For individuals with autism, and other sensory processing challenges or disabilities, mask wearing can be difficult. A face covering introduces multiple new stimuli, including the fabric's sensation, the pressure of tight elastic bands and the heat and moisture from breath inside the mask.

Features of the #SensoryFriendlyMask

Rafi Nova, The premier New England mask maker, partnered with Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) to design a mask with reduced stimuli to address the concerns of people with sensory sensitivities, consulting more than a dozen of Easterseals’ therapists and other licensed and certified staff and working with people who receive services from ESSC, as well as their families and other community members.

Features of the Mask Include:

  • Softness: 100% Mulberry silk lining reduces friction and adjustable jersey knit straps clasp behind the head instead of pinching the ears.
  • Structured: Minimal design and limited seaming.
  • Secure: Adjustable nose bridge ensures the perfect fit and decreases glasses fogging.
  • Safe: Special construction lifts the mask off the mouth and highly breathable cotton is used on the exterior.
  • Durability: The mask has an antibacterial layer and is reusable and machine washable
  • Ease: A clasp on the back ensures ease of putting on and removal. When not on the face, the mask may safely remain on the person and not be lost thanks to an extra strap feature that fastens it behind the neck.
  • Social Story: Comes with a visual storytelling designed by therapists that helps children understand mask-wearing necessity.

Over a three-month period, multiple prototypes were tested and revised to achieve a maximally beneficial mask—soft, structured, safe, secure—that provides both comfort and function.

"Masks must be comfortable and functional for everyone. It's that simple," said Rafi Nova CEO Marissa Goldstein.

Earlier this year, the company pioneered transparent masks with their Smile Mask launch to restore visual cues to masked communication. In partnership with ESSC, the Sensory-Friendly Mask represents the next generation of the company's inclusive face coverings designed to protect and reconnect communities.

Available in light blue, light pink, hunter green, black and “Over the Moon” (kids sizes only)

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  • (1) of (3) Rafi Nova Sensory-Friendly Masks: Kid OR Adult

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. March 11, 2021.

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  1. Would like to win the adult masks. I like to try other type of masks.

  2. I would love to win the adult masks for myself or my son.
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  3. I would like the adult mask.

  4. I would absolutely love to have one of these for my granddaugher. She is back in school only 2 days a week right now and is really struggling with the mask from 8:15 to 3 saying it gets so hot and wet feeling and starts to stick to her face that she starts to feel kind of sick to her stomach during the day. I hate the distracted feeling for her because she sooo badly wants to be in school and has missed it so much.

  5. For my kids for sure. Patricia E

  6. I would like to win the adult mask because I really like the look of these masks.

  7. I would like to win the adult mask.

  8. I would like the adult mask.

  9. I would like to try the adult size because most masks are dehumanizing.

  10. I like the reduced stimuli. Would like for an adult I know.

  11. I would like to win the kids masks for my kiddos for school!

  12. I would like to have an adult size for my son who will be returning to in-person schooling in April.

  13. I would like to win an adult mask for my mother, who is disabled and has panic attacks when she has to wear a mask. At 78, she is considered high risk because of age and health conditions, and perhaps this would help her feel at ease when she goes out to do her necessary errands.