Wolf + Friends connects moms raising children with special needs.
They say “it takes a village” to raise a child, but sometimes finding that village can be a little tough. For moms raising children with special needs, this is where Wolf + Friends comes in. The lifestyle app is all about helping these women find their “pack.”
The app, available for free on iOS, is designed specifically for mothers of children with varying special needs such as autism, anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing issues, developmental delays, mental health issues, Down syndrome, and other learning differences. The idea is to help these moms find other local, like-minded mothers, allowing them to build a support system with parents who are nearby and experiencing a similar parenting journey. It connects women to other women who understand “the beauty and the challenges of parenting a child who is differently wired,” the app says.
“Wolf + Friends began as an inclusive shopping platform for parents raising children of all abilities,” said Carissa Tozzi, co-founder of Wolf + Friends. “But we soon discovered that our amazing community of special needs moms needed more support. Many were feeling isolated and alone and wanted to meet friends nearby who would truly understand the beauty and challenges of raising a child with special needs.”
In a judgement-free space, members will create a peer to peer support system via direct messages and group chats, making connections with new friends and mentors. There is also a content feed in the app that includes news, curated products, and lifestyle tips from occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, child psychologists, behaviorists, financial advisors and other experts.
Setting up the app is simple. When you create an account, Wolf + Friends asks what you’re hoping to find using the app. You can pick from choices like finding events, learning expert tips, book suggestions, kid-friendly recipes, getting discounts, making new friends, etc.
Next, you describe yourself so that you’re connected to like-minded mamas. The options are oh-so-relateable -- “Barely Keeping It Together,” “Professional Pinterester,” “Boss Babe,” “Free Spirit,” “Mama Warrior,” and so on. You can pick five of these traits.
Finally, you input some information about your children such as their age, gender and what makes them special (selecting from a list of special needs). Wolf + Friends will generate a list of nearby moms.
“This is the app for moms that I wish I had when my son was first diagnosed with autism,” said Gena Mann, co-founder Wolf + Friends. “We launched Wolf + Friends to be the tool for parents raising kids with a variety of developmental differences. It can be hard to find a friend you relate to or get advice on the best specialists in your community—especially when you are a first-time parent to a child who has special needs. With the Wolf + Friends app, we have brought together the elements we wanted more of—community, mentors, support—with digestible information that parents like us crave.”
The Wolf + Friends app is free and available in the App Store.