Whenever autistic patients experience high levels of anxiety because of sensory overload, techniques are used to remove this sensory stimulation and distraction. I read about this Squease inflatable vest which alleviates anxiety by applying deep body pressure – or a hug?
Hug Machine: Now, this remedy vest for autistic patients looks more like a bullet-proof vest, the device encompasses a zip and velcro fastenings and has air pockets. There is also an attached hand pump allows the wearer to apply and regulate soothing pressure by pumping or releasing air to deliver a hug sensation.
Principle: Studies claim that deep pressure releases naturally calming chemicals in the brain, along with endorphins which stimulate happiness. The Squease Vest is available online for £245 (around US$380) and with the Squease Jacket for £295 ($457). You may like to have a look the video below: