Why Connectivities?

Connectivities is not just about activities; it's about improving the overall quality of life for individuals with cognitive changes and other special needs. By focusing on cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and life skills, our products aim to enhance well-being, foster independence, and promote a sense of belonging in individuals living with cognitive, learning and social differences.

Developed by a team of experts, Connectivities activities are evidence-based opportunities for therapeutic engagement.  Our products are easy to implement in a variety of settings, including home, school, therapy, and community environments. With clear instructions and adaptable activities, our activities can be seamlessly integrated into existing routines and programs for individuals with a variety of needs.

Each Connectivities activity has gone through a rigorous trial process. First, the concept of the activity is trialed to ensure that it is engaging and appropriate for participants. Then different materials are trialed to determine the correct size, texture, fit, etc. for maximum benefit. Whether purchasing a digital download, or our full Grab & Go packages our trialing process sets you and your participants up for success.

Diverse Learners

Designed by experts, Connectivities provides valuable opportunities for developing critical social skills like self awareness, self regulation, and responsible descision making in a safe and fun environment. For children and adults ages 10+ who are challenged by learning, cognitive and social differences, Connectivities offers hands on activities addressing and measuring multiple skill areas at a time. Each activity is an invitation - for fun, for laughter and for authentic connection! Experience screen free play with purpose!

Connectivities Classroom


Spend less time planning and more time enjoying special moments together. Our activities for people living with dementia and other needs include games, sports, arts and crafts, building, and nature interactions. We offer engaging and inclusive options tailored to different abilities, promoting cognitive function, physical activity, creativity, and social connection. Therapeutic goals help identify specific ways to help your loved one maintain or regain skills. Trying new things builds neuroplasticity-it boosts the bran's ability to change, adapt, and make new connections!

Mandy Shoemaker, Co-Founder

Mandy’s background in education, and passion for creating meaningful connections, began in rural Oregon teaching a diverse group of learners including many students receiving ELL services and living in poverty. In 2004, she took her first principal position in a school deeply impacted by poverty, language barriers and incarcerated family members.

In 2005, Mandy returned to her home town of Overland Park, KS as an elementary principal, opening the district’s first center-based program for ELL students. She served as a principal in two districts over the next 8 years before turning her talents toward senior living.

After 9 years as an award-winning entrepreneur in senior living, Mandy is now applying her expertise and experience in both settings with the offering of Connectivities. 

Michala Gibson, Co-Founder

Michala is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the senior care industry. She has served as Director of Nursing and Director of Staff Development in local care communities. She is the co-founder of Prairie Elder Care and the Prairie Farmstead where residents live in small group homes on a small farm setting.

As a Certified Trainer for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC), Michala works continuously to ensure that the elders in her care have the best opportunities for quality of life.  Prairie Elder Care is the first organization in Kansas to be named a Certified PAC Community.

Michala is co-author of the book, Now is Found, highlighting steps to giving back Community, Connection and Control to those living with dementia. Connectivities brings Michala’s expertise to help caregivers everywhere create connections and improve quality of life for people living with dementia and other special needs.