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Cue, therapeutic toy

UniversitySchool of Visual Arts
Lead DesignersSophie Carrillo
Project LocationNew York
Prize(s)Silver in Design For Society / Designs for Social Impact, Silver in Children Products / Baby & Children Products
Entry Description

A toy that helps children communicate with their parents when they are feeling overwhelmed by the environment but can't express it verbally. Cue allows them to initiate the calming process by pressing on the soft foam material, which would activate a shell to cover the toy—signaling the need for their parents’ help.
Cue helps kids experiment with pressure as a tool to relax and begin the process of calming down, maintaining agency over their emotions but allowing for parental support. For parents with kids on the autism spectrum, understanding what triggers them could be a game-changer.


Sophie is an industrial designer by trade and a design geek at heart. Her passion for design has lead her to explore the design process through many lenses - like research, making, strategic thinking, and business. A recent graduate from the Products of Design master’s program at SVA, where she explored play as a catalyst for childhood equality, envisioning products, brands, services, platforms, and experiences to foster access and agency through design.