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Monday, September 08, 2008

Therapeutic Healing Vest

Everybody needs a hug, especially kids with autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders. That's where a wonderful invention called a "deep-pressure" vest came from. Invented by Brian Mullen, it is able to deliver a "portable hug" called a deep pressure touch stimulation or DPTS.

This vest has been proven to increase attention to tasks and reduce anxiety and harmful behaviors by providing different sensory stimuli as well as providing a discreet treatment for patients to function in mainstream society.

Another nice thing about the vest is that it can be placed inside virtually any jacket with a lining. Other weighted or elastic garments and toys currently used provide limited control over the amount of pressure applied and require some oversight by a caregiver and Their use is also limited because of the lack of literature documenting their safety, and their tendency to make the user stand out in a crowd.

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