Art therapy on a backpack!

"It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Frederick Douglass

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk told a story of Noam whose school was near the Twin Tower of the WTC in New York City and saw the first plane slam into the tower during the infamous September 11th, 2001. Next day, Noam drew what he had witnessed including seeing people jumping to their death. But, he added a trampoline at the bottom of the tower because, Noam said, next time people would have to jump, it would keep them safe. Noam experienced terrible trauma. But the support of his family & his creative imagination prevented him from experiencing PTSD. He used his imagination to create a different future which helped him move forward with his life. Art helps Noam express his imagination & cope with terrible trauma.

“Hien has a brilliant product in the ChalkWild Erasable Backpack. The benefits of art therapy for traumatized or stressed children are proven. Additionally, it gives adults a window into the thoughts and emotions of the child. I highly recommend the ChalkWild Erasable Backpack to programs and parents working with sensitized children.”
"As for the kid that has had his backpack for a month, mom says he loves it! He is 7 years old and is in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at school. The teachers have found it challenging to accommodate for a rocking chair to help with the child’s concentration, but mom said that the backpack has helped. She stated that he used to hide under his desk constantly, but now uses the backpack on his desk or the floor instead. Mom said the teachers find it very helpful. Although the boy doesn’t use it at home, he takes the backpack to school every day as well as on any car ride. Mom is very grateful! "

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According California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ research, kids who had experienced severe trauma were 32 times more likely to be diagnosed with learning and behavioral problems than kids who had not.

  • We believe all children are naturally creative.
  • We believe each child should have an art canvas with them to draw or to doodle for self-expression or for therapeutic purpose.
  • We believe that their creativity should be on display for the world to appreciate their works of art, at the same time, to boost their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Hien, an 11-year old kid, created Simon, 3-in-1 erasable writable healing backpack: a portable art canvas, a mobile art gallery, and a backpack for kids to create art on the go. Being able to draw their feeling is a start of the recovery process. Using their imagination to create a different future will help them cope with & control the terrible traumas in order to have thriving, happy, meaningful lives. The arts on their backpacks are for showcasing their creativity, are good conversation starter & are helpful in building their self-esteem & self-confidence.

Notable numbers

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Kids with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) score of 4 or more

In the US, approximately 12.5% of children 0-17 years old has ACEs score of 4 or more. That’s a bit more than 9 millions children (out of 73.7 millions).

According to Dr. Felitti (co-author of the ACEs study with the CDC), If your ACE score is 4:

  • 3600% more likely to become injection drug (ie: heroine) user.
  • 1200% greater likelihood of attempting suicide as an adult (2900% at ACE of 6).
  • 1200% more likely to be a sexual assault victim.
  • 1000% more likely to inject street drugs.
  • 700% more likely to become an alcoholic.
  • 600% more likely to have sex before age 15.
  • 500% more likely to have multiple marriages.
  • 400% greater likelihood of emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
  • 300% more likely to contract HIV.
  • 300% more likely to become a domestic violent victim (women); 150% (men).
  • 300% greater likelihood of struggling with chronic depression.
  • 240% greater risk of hepatitis.
  • 240% higher risk of sexually transmitted disease.
  • 200% more likely to become smokers.
  • 200% greater likelihood of severe obesity.
  • 150% more likely to have heart disease.
  • 51% of ACE score of 4 will have behavioral problems in school.

Art Therapy & Trauma

How Expressive Art Could Help.

“It is so difficult to put the complexities of the trauma recovery process into words—artwork does this much better!” – Joan Turkus, M.D.

Art has been used successfully as a form of therapy because art helps kids unmask the traumas buried in the subconscious minds. “Drawing makes me feel better,” Xavier, who grew up in the project of Philadelphia where violence is a part of live, said. “When I’m mad, I draw my anger, and I just get happy.” Kids also can draw what their hopes look like which raise their HOPE score. When kids with high ACEs score get help early on, they can control & manage the risks mentioned above.

Art Therapy & Autism

How Expressive Art Helps Autistic Children.

“I have noticed that children with autism think in pictures,” according to art therapist Theresa Van Lith.

“So it’s a natural progression, then, to use the visual arts to communicate what’s going on in their world.” Art therapy can help with social skills. Art therapy can address Sensory Processing Disorder. Drawing or doodling can be calming when stress or anxiety is overwhelming.

Boost kids' self-confidence, self-esteem, & working memory by creating art on Simon.

Kids are not doing well in school? Having a bad working memory sometimes is the problem. Get them Simon to draw/doodle on at least 20 minutes a day can boost working memory, self-esteem, & self-confidence. Kids spend too much time on electronic devices? Give them Simon & let them have fun drawing to express their imagination. Aspire to be a great leader? Doodle/draw on Simon to help boost creativity, which is the #1 quality in a great leader (according to a survey of thousands of great leaders around the world) Want to be original and unique? The art you create on Simon is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. No other backpack in the world has the same design art on it as yours. It's erasable; so you continue to have one-of-a-kind design art on it. Simon guarantees it! 

“From the moment he walked in, he was intrigued with the backpack. He struggles from past trauma & this backpack not only distracted him but was therapeutic for him. The ChalkWild backpack is helpful for children to express themselves through art, drawing & coloring.”
The Chalk Wild erasable backpack is a great on-the-go resource for children who love to draw. Drawing can be very soothing and may help to ease feelings of anxiety or stress and help to regulate emotions. The backpack can be used as a canvas at any time, such as whilst waiting or on the train. This is very helpful for children who are always moving or have attention difficulties. I would recommend the Chalk Wild erasable backpack to parents and teachers!!
“Child survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse need healthy creative outlets for their strong and complicated feelings. For over 20 years my agency has used art as a means of safe self-expression for youth in our psycho-educational support groups. We recently started giving a ChalkWild back pack to each child graduating from our youth programs. Now they have a special place to store their program materials and works of art!”
"The mom expressed that her daughter has really enjoyed the backpack! She takes it to school, the park, and wherever she can carry it. The girl truly enjoys drawing but also writing on it too. Along with the markers, we included a print out of one of our curriculum themes “HOPE Rising” and she traced it on her backpack (see picture attached). It’s seems that both mom and daughter are grateful for such a fun tool that encourages the child’s creativity."
“This is the most amazing thing, useful in so many ways. Our non-verbal clients absolutely love that they can express themselves. #love #amazing”
“What a great idea! I will also get one for my granddaughter.”
“Terrific idea. Don’t be surprised when it spreads to adults with briefcases on subways.”
“My published research shows that just 20 minutes of drawing can improve working memory, our brain’s control center. So what are you waiting for? Pick one of these fantastic backpacks & get drawing!”

Some testimonials from parents

“Every kids should have one as a standard.”,”That’s a wonderful idea.”, “Wow, the inventor is 11 years old?”, “He’s a genius. You must be a proud father.”, “I will buy online.”, “I like this, very clever.”, “I like the markers. I just want those for my windows at home.”, “My kids will have a great time expressing themselves on these backpacks.”, “It’ll boost their creativity.”, “My Big Lad is saving the Chalkwild backpack for when he starts high school in September. I am sure it will be a great tool for helping him to learn to plan and organize more things for himself and become more independent.”, “I was recently introduced to a new form of Art Therapy that absolutely blew me away! Imagine having everything you need to create, erase, and repeat with you all the time. The Chalk Wild Backpack is just that! Let’s check it out!”

The support we get from our community is awesome!

Supporting letter from

US Congressman Josh Harder


Supporting letter from

US Congressman Josh Harder

Stanislaus County Office Of Education

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Featured in October 2019 issue of

The Modesto Bee

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The children who will benefit from this healing backpack often cannot afford them. We are fortunate to have Community Foundation of San Joaquin as our Fiscal Sponsor.  So, we now can apply for public and private grants to bring these healing backpacks to high ACEs  children. Your corporate donation is now tax deductible as well. Please help ameliorate the lives of children suffering from childhood traumas.

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