New Brighton mother wins safety sleeper bed for son with Dup15q Syndrome

Katie Supina of New Brighton has won the Abram’s Bed Sweet Dreams Sweepstakes, which will help her son with special needs. Abram’s Bed, creator of The Safety Sleeper, held the international contest to help families who have loved ones with Autism, Smith Magenis, and other developmental conditions that make sleeping in a traditional bed impossible or dangerous. The Safety Sleeper bed is designed to protect these individuals from risks like entrapment and night-time wandering.

Supina and her husband have three children. Their youngest, Ryan, now 6, was diagnosed with Dup15q syndrome when he was 8 months old. The syndrome is caused by the duplication of the 15th chromosome early in development and can manifest in a variety of conditions including hypotonia, cognitive and motor delays, speech delays, sensory disorders, seizures and autistic spectrum disorders.

The Supina Family of New Brighton (Submitted photo)
The Supina Family of New Brighton (Submitted photo)

“Because of this syndrome, Ryan has many medical issues and cognitive delays, but remains the sweetest boy we know. He loves his big sisters, family, therapists and teachers with his whole heart,” Supina said. “We are excited beyond measure about this bed.”

In Ryan, Dup15q manifests as autism, sensory processing disorder, cognitive delays, vision delays, spikes and waves during sleep, non-communication, GI issues and more. Ryan is also at risk for a behavior known as wandering. According to the National Autism Association, wandering is the tendency for an individual to try to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area, which can result in potential harm or injury.

According to a 2012 study in Pediatrics, 49 percent of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have a tendency to engage in wandering behavior.

Ryan’s difficulty in communicating makes wandering especially dangerous. His unstable sleep patterns also make it hard for him and his family to get a healthy night’s sleep.  The Safety Sleeper provides security from wandering and also a space with low stimulation to promote better sleep for Ryan and peace of mind for the whole family.

Ryan Supina (Submitted photo)
Ryan Supina (Submitted photo)

“Our mission is that when The Safety Sleeper arrives to a family, that family knows they will have safety for their loved one, and they will feel secure knowing the whole family can get the rest they need,” said Beth Machine, vice president of operations at Abram’s Bed. “We are excited for the Supina family and hope Ryan loves his new bed.”

For more about Dup15q Syndrome, go to dup15q.org.

This news release was provided by Abram’s Bed, maker of The Safety Sleeper.