Software engineer Padmini Sriman of Naperville, Illinois is the entrepreneur behind EmotiPlush, a line of therapy dolls that are designed to help children express their emotions. A child can change the facial emotions of the doll by manipulating its eyebrows and mouth (strings sewn into the face of the doll). No batteries needed. Padmini will present her EmotiPlush dolls on The Toy Box on April 21.
There are currently three Emotiplush Dolls – Tommy, Emily and Looey — available on Amazon for $35 each. The Toy Box airs Fridays at 8pm on ABC.