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About Us

We think PEOPLE with special needs should have every opportunity to live happy and healthy lives

Our Company

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THE LONG

Harkla started in 2015 with the goal of helping those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. From the start, we have always provided high-quality products backed by bend-over-backward customer service and a lifetime guarantee.

While the company started with the founder, Casey Ames, working out of a small apartment alone, we’ve been able to grow into a bigger company, with a larger impact & with more Happiness Ninjas behind the scenes.

The team here at Harkla tackles all of our problems with a can-do attitude. Creating the highest-quality products for those with special needs isn’t always easy, but we know that once we can get the best products into your hands, it’s been worth the entire effort.

This positive attitude is why you’ll see our emails and messages signed “Harkla Happiness Ninja”. When working with us, we believe that no situation should leave you feeling unsatisfied and our Ninja skills can make sure you stay happy.

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THE SHORT

Harkla was started over four years ago with a mission to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives.

Over the years, Harkla has helped over one hundred thousand families feel more calm at home, focus in the classroom, and more growth, development, and joy.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives

How We Help

High quality products

The main way we accomplish our mission of improving the lives of those with special needs is by providing the highest-quality products we possibly can. We focus on creating products that help improve sleep and relaxation at home, focus and behavior in the classroom, and growth and development at therapy.

We also work to provide cutting edge products, like our uniquely designed supplements, to give new angles for families to combat poor sleep.

Provide Actionable advice

On top of providing physical products, we work with experts to bring informative and actionable advice to parents, teachers, and therapists. We’re able to help families beyond our products with the free articles we productive on our blog, as well as books we right and provide to our customers for free with their orders.

Visit our blog here.

Donate OUR sales to our community

To help even more we donate 1% of every sale to the University of Washington Autism Center. This money gets split between funding research focused on autism and covering the expenses of therapy for families in need.

Every year we provide a scholarship to the Unversity of Washington’s APEX Summer Camp, which combines fun camp activities with therapy to help ASD children grow even more.

The Values We Hold

At Harkla, we have a lot of strongly held beliefs on how our company should accomplish our mission.

Products should last a lifetime

We understand that a lot of the products we make are going to get heavily used in classrooms, therapy, and at home. That’s why we spend extra time working to create high-quality, heavy-duty products.

Since we truly believe they should last a lifetime, we offer a guarantee that lasts a lifetime.

If a product doesn’t work for you, you shouldn’t have to pay for it

Anyone familiar with special needs knows every child is different. A product that works miracles for one family may not work for another.

If this is the case, there is no reason you should be stuck with it. That’s why we provide a lifetime guarantee and pay for return shipping for any order.

Working with our company should feel like working with a friend

You have too much going on to deal with unfriendly customer service. We believe in bend-over-backward customer service. You’ll feel confident reaching out to us with any issues, questions, or concerns.

Meet The Harkla Happiness Ninjas

Casey Ames

Founder & CEO

Casey Ames started Harkla over 4 years ago with a mission to make an impact in the special needs community. He grew up in a family of educators and always knew he wanted to do be involved in education, but didn’t want to be a teacher. At an early age, Casey had an entrepreneurial spirit with his lawn business and self designed t-shirts.

Harkla has allowed Casey to combine his entrepreneurial ambitions with his desire to work in education.

When Casey isn’t coming up with ways to help the special needs community, you’ll find him either on a soccer field or hiking in the mountains with his wife.

Fun Fact: Attended Gonzaga University on a soccer scholarship
Favorite Emoji: 🥔

Nicole Przychodzen

LEAD happiness ninja / Customer Service

Nicole Przychodzen joined Harkla in 2017 and took up the banner of high-quality products and great customer experiences.

Nicole is a mom of five boys and has spent countless hours sitting in IEP meetings and OT waiting rooms. She has also worked with kids on the spectrum both in-home and in the classroom.

With empathy, Nicole carries our mission that every individual, regardless of disability, should have the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

Fun Fact: Can do a back walkover
Favorite Emoji: 🤦‍♀️

Josh Fern

Marketing Manager

Josh Fern joined our team in 2018 as a marketing manager. He works on all things Harkla to help customers discover the perfect product to meet their sensory seeker’s needs.

Josh finds the life-changing and mission-focused work that Harkla does incredibly rewarding. It is a joy to work with so many loving parents and caretakers.

Besides working on awesome projects for Harkla, Josh spends his time reading, hanging out with his wife and friends, and playing with his dog.

Fun Fact: Born in the same hospital Scrubs (TV show) was filmed in
Favorite Emoji: 🤘

Amelia Tiedemann

Brand Manager / graphic designer

In 2018, Amelia Tiedemann brought her talents to our team as brand manager. She works very closely with our marketing platform and helps design & manage our product research & development.

A lover of art and design since childhood, Amelia is also an artist and illustrator. She enjoys painting landscapes scenes from near & far, from both her hometown of Boise, ID, all the way to travels with her husband, Casey, in Patagonia.

Amelia is deeply passionate about your customer experience & journey with our company from start to finish. She aims to create a fun & caring aesthetic through Harkla’s digital & physical communications.

Fun Fact: Has a twin brother
Favorite Emoji: 😩

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Our Team Of Expert Writers

We work with experts in the special needs world to bring you high-quality, helpful advice on the Harkla Blog

Dr. Cara Koscinski

OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Pediatric occupational therapist, Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a veteran clinician of 20+ years specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder, reflex integration, trauma-informed care, and autism. She obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 1997 from Duquesne University.
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Shea Brogren

MOT, OTR/L

Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with over three years of experience in pediatrics and child/adolescent mental health and has also worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of North Dakota. Shea has a special interest in program development and developed and implemented occupational therapy programming at a residential treatment center for children. She now practices in an outpatient setting.
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Molly Shaw Wilson

MS OTR/L BCP

Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP is a board-certified pediatric occupational therapist with 16 years experience. She owns a private practice and provides service in homes, community and school settings, as well as her outpatient sensory clinic.
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Alescia Ford-Lanza

MS OTR/L, ATP

Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Practitioner with over 15 years of pediatric experience. She specializes in educationally-relevant interventions with a focus on sensory integration and assistive technology supports to learning.
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Our Team Of Expert Writers

We work with experts in the special needs world to bring you high-quality, helpful advice on the Harkla Blog

Dr. Cara Koscinski

OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Pediatric occupational therapist, Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a veteran clinician of 20+ years specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder, reflex integration, trauma-informed care, and autism. She obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 1997 from Duquesne University.
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Shea Brogren

MOT, OTR/L

Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with over three years of experience in pediatrics and child/adolescent mental health and has also worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of North Dakota. Shea has a special interest in program development and developed and implemented occupational therapy programming at a residential treatment center for children. She now practices in an outpatient setting.
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Molly Shaw Wilson

MS OTR/L BCP

Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP is a board-certified pediatric occupational therapist with 16 years experience. She owns a private practice and provides service in homes, community and school settings, as well as her outpatient sensory clinic.
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Alescia Ford-Lanza

MS OTR/L, ATP

Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Practitioner with over 15 years of pediatric experience. She specializes in educationally-relevant interventions with a focus on sensory integration and assistive technology supports to learning.
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Giving Back On Our Sales

1% of all Sales go to the University of Washington Autism CenteR

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At Harkla, our goal is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. To continue this mission, we donate 1% of every sale to the University of Washington Autism Center. This money gets split between providing families in the Seattle area access to therapy they can’t afford, funding cutting edge autism research, and our annual scholarship to the University of Washington Autism Center’s APEX Summer Camp.

“As a business committed to supporting families, Harkla has generously provided multiple scholarships so that children with autism and ADHD can attend our summer camp at the UW Autism Center. We’re grateful for Harkla’s support!”

Benjamin Aaronson, PhD
Director, APEX Summer Camp Program
University of Washington Autism Center

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