Honor Deevy, Laois Enterprise Office, Laois Student Entrepreneur 2018 Alice Carew, Laois County council Cathaoirleach Padraig Fleming and Rita Moore, Mountrath CS at the Student Enterprise Finals.
Mountrath Community School student Alice Carew, Laois Student Entrepreneur 2018, got an overwhelmingly positive reception to her business product at the recent Student Enterprise National Finals in Croke Park.
Alice, 16, has developed headphones to lessen the negative impact of sound sensitivity for people with autism and sensory processing difficulties.
Her 'Lulls' headphones are already selling well on the market, coming into use in libraries and schools across Laois.
Proudly representing Laois, Alice had a steady flow of students, teachers and VIP guests to her stand throughout the day.
Among the callers was AsIAm founder and CEO Adam Harris.
“I am totally blown away. What a fantastic product, backed up with superb research and a genuine desire to help the autism community,” he said.
Pat Breen, Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection also dropped by.
Padraig Fleming is Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council was also very impressed with LULLS, a product that he believes “is certain to go very far”.
Also supporting Alice on the day was Mountrath Community School Business teacher Rita Moore, Honor Deevy, Laois Enterprise Office and Sean Ryan, SEA schools co-ordinator for Midlands region.
While not winning any prizes on the day, Alice was thrilled to represent her county, and spread the word further about her innovative product.
According to Alice, before LULLS came onto the market the only solution available for sound sensitivity was the sound defender/isolator, which can lead to increased social isolation for the user.
Her wireless headphone set, comes with a customisable sd card to upload any chosen sounds words or music, and can also connect via bluetooth or cable.
"If a child is unhappy, their parents are too, and that is not good for families. I hope Lulls can make a positive impact, and make people happier. I hope to sell them all around Ireland, and that a lot of schools will have some, even mainstream schools, for anyone with anxiety, ADHD or just having a hard time," she said.
She finds that parents and teachers are also using LULLS for children who dislike noisy or new situations.
“What many parents love is cutting out the need for a tablet, phone or other device to play music,” Alice said.
The teen is now in talks with a company to distribute LULLS to Europe and the US.