Youth and Teen

Youth and Teens

Through an array of programs and services, Soft Bones fulfills its mission to support patients, families, physicians and other members of the HPP community. We have a number of programs specifically designed for youth and teens.

Hippo Squad - Soft Bones HPP

Soft Bones Hippo Squad (for Children with HPP and Their Siblings ages 3-12) 

Join the Hippo Squad- a group of kids in our HPP community that receive fun activity boxes in the mail. Each box is filled with HPP educational activities along with a sprinkle of fun! Members will receive their boxes four times a year to get involved in engagement activities, while developing important connections with peers. Sign up today!

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) (Ages 13-21)

Soft Bones’ Teen Advisory Council is a support and advocacy group made up of teens that either have HPP, are siblings or children of someone with HPP, or are friends of someone who has HPP. The council aims to provide a platform for teenagers to speak up about HPP, become more involved in advocacy and fundraising, and manage content for the younger HPP community. Learn more about the TAC.

Journaling My Hypophosphatasia Children’s Book

Soft Bones has worked to bring  the first children’s book of its kind. ‘Journaling My Hypophosphatasia’, is written from the perspective of a young girl living with HPP, allowing children to relate to the character. The book features activities to help children express their ups and downs living with a rare disease and become more educated about HPP. Order yours today!

Take Care Package - Soft Bones

Take Care Package Program

Soft Bones offers a care package program which provides a cheerful surprise to children undergoing surgery or other hospitalization to manage their HPP. Boxes may be automatically sent once a hospitalization is disclosed, or can be requested directly by contacting the foundation at info@softbones.org

Tooth Fairy Program

Soft Bones Tooth Fairy Program

Losing a tooth can be an exciting milestone in a child’s life, but for HPP families, it can be a somewhat frightening event. Every tooth lost can be a tough reminder of the challenges of living with HPP, however, for a child– a lost tooth means one thing – the Tooth Fairy is coming! Soft Bones has created a special Tooth Fairy Pillow featuring our HPP mascot, the hippo, that children can use when they have lost a tooth. Our goal is to turn this potentially upsetting experience into a happy event for everyone. We also use this opportunity to provide HPP education focused on the dental implications of the disease.  Request a pillow!