Children with autism find it hard to concentrate, and react to sensory information. Several products are now available in the market to help them with their activities involving these skills. Earlier this year, Autism Daily Newscast reported on a new “Hugs” vest that is under development. But what about those that want a weighted vest now? This is the first in a three part series on products that are currently available on the market.
One of the highly recommended products to aid them in tasks that require sensory integration is the Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure and Weighted Vest.
Compared to a regular vest you can find and buy anywhere, Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure and Weighted Vest offers added weight and pressure in the material which transmits unconscious information from the muscles and joints of the child with autism or neurological disorders. This helps them process sensory information and improve their abilities.
The proprioceptive input from the Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure and Weighted Vest not only supports children with autism in several activities during the day, but also ensures a good night sleep. This is because the vest was made with comfort as the top priority in mind. Also, the comfort and durability of the material calms the child with autism.
There is a poncho style vest which is easier to pull snug to the body of the child with autism because the design and material provides stability. It is also said to be more effective than an ordinary deep pressure vest as it makes sure that the pressure is balanced in the entire trunk for better sensory feedback.
The nature of the vest itself offers great flexibility. However, it is better to know the circumference of the child’s chest, and the top of shoulder to his or waist, for good measure.
Since the material of the weighted vest is specialized, it is important to take care of it. It is easy to wash, but don’t forget to remove all weights first. You must only wipe off the weights with a damp cloth. Don’t soak them, otherwise it will rust. You have to check if all Velcro closures are secured as well so as to avoid tearing and accumulating fragments. If fragments accumulate however, you may use a small wire brush to get rid of them. Take note that you can’t dry clean the vest.
For more information visit their site at http://www.especialneeds.com/weighted-vest.html