Sensory Hugs offers sensory integration products that utilize deep pressure or weighted products with separate weight sets which allow the therapist the greatest flexibility in choosing the weight protocols for each of their clients. Products include weighted vests, weighted blankets, weighted lap pads and deep pressure vests and tops.
The concept of the weighted vest or deep pressure vest is based on the SI therapy technique of deep pressure. Deep pressure is often used to assist the child to self-calm and relax so that sensory stimulus can be processed. The use of a weighted vest provides the child with unconscious information from the muscles and joints.
Children who are easily distracted, hyperactive and lacking in concentration respond positively to the additional weight or pressure a vest provides.
Many therapists have found a weighted vest, deep pressure vest, or weighted blanket may also assist with reflex maturity, body position awareness and coordination, balance, eye/hand coordination, spatial perception and hearing and speaking skills. Because of these anecdotal outcomes, many therapists working with children are recommending the use of a weighted or deep pressure product.