When Hannah Feda was nine years old, she asked for a doll that "looks like me" Her mother, Connie Feda, searched for dolls with Down's Syndrome characteristics but was not satisfied with what she was finding in the current market. She decided to create her own doll and thus her journey into doll manufacturing began.
The dolls are sculpted by Karen Scott, an occupational therapist who incorporated "extra special" details such as a hand signing "love", sandal gap toes, tiny curved pinky finger, smaller ears and correctly proportioned limbs. Heart Scars are available as a custom feature.
Hannah compares in height to other 18" dolls such as American Girl, Gotz or Madame Alexander Dollie and Me™ which have cloth bodies. Extra Special Dolls are all vinyl so they are more comparable to the 18" Slim play dolls made by Linda Rick or a Tonner 18" Ann Estelle, available only on the secondary market.
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