A Mother Creates Her Business to Help Her Son and the Autism Community

QCharm Portable Visual Cue System displays visual cues printed on flat surfaced charms that clip onto silicone wristbands.

2c322ee9efec57de7abc3b0137836ce5When Denise Meissner’s son was diagnosed with Autism, she quickly became educated on the use of Visual Cues – single-image pictures that help those with language and communication challenges perform everyday tasks. Since people with Autism think in pictures, visual cues help them follow a schedule, manage behavior, tolerate new activities, and communicate with others.

Denise’s son’s behavior and language skills improved dramatically with the use of visual cues, but the cues were often time-consuming to make and cumbersome to transport and manage. Denise wanted to share this communication method with other parents to experience the success her child had with visual cues. She realized that she needed to create visual cues that would be portable, fashionable and fun to use.

Denise then had an aha moment. While her visual cues box was in another room, she thought of the idea of wearing visual cues and thought, “If I only had cues on a bracelet, then I could capture teachable moments in any setting!” From that moment, Denise began creating the QCharm Portable Visual Cue System, which displays visual cues printed on flat surfaced charms that clip onto silicone wristbands.

Denise says the greatest benefit of starting QCharm has been seeing the positive ways in which the QCharm has helped other caregivers and educators manage their loved one’s needs more easily, so much so that they are able to leave their houses more often to participate in activities with others and enjoy more of what life has to offer.

The UPS StoreSince starting QCharm in 2006, Denise relies on Drew Bizzell and the team at College Station The UPS Store close to her home in Texas. Being a one-woman company, Denise knows that not everything can be done from her home office and is grateful to do her errands at a nearby shopping center that has The UPS Store for all her business needs.

Denise uses The UPS Store exclusively for printing, notary services, faxing, packing and shipping her products nationally and internationally, and has a postal mail box for her business.

Denise has future plans to market QCharm nationally and generate awareness of her business and the power of visual cues that can help families and caregivers enjoy easy communication. With the support of The UPS Store small business solutions, Denise will be brainstorming ideas to get the word out!

Denise is one of the many mothers who are also small business owners; we wish all our mothers and small business owners a very Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you to all the mothers out there for all they do for their families.


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