About the Author: Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary


Hi there, my name is Kevin Cleary. I was born in Westchester County in 1966 on December 3. I lived there until 1973 when my family moved. I graduated from high school in 1984 and then attended college in New Jersey, where I graduated with a marketing degree in 1988. Upon graduating, I worked with Enterprise Rent a Car doing sales for two years after which I joined the New York Telephone Company as a field technician. Growing up and through adulthood I was very active in many different sports including football, soccer, softball, and ice hockey amongst others. In 1995 I married my long time girlfriend Robin and in 1996 we moved to Connecticut. In 2000 we welcomed a son into the world. He has grown up to be a great kid!! In April 2006 I was injured jumping on a trampoline with my son and injured my neck to the point where I am a quadriplegic. Things changed rather rapidly after that and I was forced to learn things about the medical product field that I would otherwise not have known. After several years of therapy I have been able to determine which medical accessories are effective for my condition such as wheelchairs, standing frames, neuromuscular stimulators, as well as other rehab/therapy items. I have worked with doctors, therapists, and other patients to determine what will be right for me. While working with my therapists, we sometimes would design something while thinking outside of the box to make something work. Some of this work that I have done have been utilized for patients other than me. This hands-on insight has helped me with research that I have done for HPFY. Although my condition limits me, I try to get out as often as I can. I enjoy sampling cuisines from different countries not to mention a good glass of single malt scotch!! I try to keep up with the sports that I used to follow even though I can’t participate in them. I still enjoy listening to music from around the world and a good comedy always makes me laugh. I like to think that I am technologically competent, since my job with the phone company was technically based (working with multiplexers, digital systems, and computers).

Kevin Cleary's Articles

Why Buy Sheepskin? The Benefits of Sheepskin for Babies

Posted on Mar 16, 2019 by Kevin Cleary

Who doesn’t like the soft, fuzzy warmness of sheepskin against their skin? This goes double for newborns and babies, especially those with autism. What a lot of people may not know is there are health benefits of surrounding your baby with sheepskin. Simply using a sheepskin baby mat or a lambs wool rug for babies can have benefits. So, why should you buy sheepskin?

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Posted in Relaxation

Autism and Picky Eating: Feeding Issues in Children with Autism

Posted on Jan 04, 2019 by Kevin Cleary

Parents of children on the autism spectrum face a wide range of issues and picky eating may be one of them. The only thing every parent wants for their child is for them to grow up healthy and happy. If your child doesn’t eat properly this can lead to other issues tied to malnutrition. For those dealing with autism, how do we get our children to eat properly if their autism creates finicky eaters?

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Travel Safety for Your Special Needs with Pediatric Car Seats

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 by Kevin Cleary

There is no more precious cargo we can transport than our children. As parents, it is our job to make sure we do everything in our power to make sure they are safe. This includes any type of special needs our child may require and that includes in the car. Matching the proper car seat to our children means that they will be properly secured and safe during any trip in the car.

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Posted in Car Seats/Vests

Great Holiday Gifts for Your Autistic Child(2019)

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 by Kevin Cleary

Well, it’s that time of year again. We all hit the malls looking for that perfect gift for our friends and family. For children that are on the autism spectrum, this time of year should be no different!! Many therapies involve play as a medium so finding a toy that is fun and therapeutically useful is a double win.

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Yes, My Sibling Has Autism

Posted on Dec 05, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

The prospect of raising a child with autism can be a daunting one for parents, but it also affects the other children in the family and other family members. Many children with autism require a structured environment and a familiar routine in order to function and behave properly.

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Posted in Gross-Motor

Developing Handwriting Skills with Autism

Posted on Oct 02, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

As humans, we have developed many different ways to communicate with each other. These include both verbal and nonverbal methods. Throughout time, man has used sounds, pictures, and has developed language to tell stories and pass along information to others. With the use of language comes the need for writing.

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Posted in Gross-Motor

Creating a Safe Environment for Autistic Children

Posted on Oct 02, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Our environment influences us in just about every way. It helps us learn, feel comfortable, and interact with others around us. That’s why creating the proper environment for your autistic child is incredibly important. Children on the autism spectrum have a hard time learning and developing social and sensory skills.

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Posted in Furniture

Let’s Switch on the Learning!!

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

For children with autism, sensory training can be extremely helpful. The stimulation of lights, sounds, and movement can be just what the doctor ordered.

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Posted in Sensory Switches

Helping Your Autistic Child Become More Sociable

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Children within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have a tough time dealing with social situations. For some reason, their brains don’t develop properly leaving these children with social shortcomings. Through early intervention and therapy some of the social skills can be taught and learned.

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Posted in Sensory Motor

Coping with Autism and Bullying

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by Kevin Cleary

Bullying is appalling no matter who it happens to, but when your child on the autism spectrum it seems to be worse. Since autism affects social development because children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to mean-spirited barbs from other children.

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Posted in Calming

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