We are proud to announce that these vests are now designed with "Airprene". This new material has perforations/holes throughout the rubberized layer of fabric, allowing them to "breath" eliminating or reducing the problem of overheating. It should be noted that even though Airprene allows the skin to breathe, it is still recommended that you periodically check for over-heating or skin irritation. The vest is designed to be pulled snug to the clients' body, providing proprioceptive deep pressure feedback, stability and skills, evenly over the chest and waist. A new neck design also gives added support along the chest area.
The concept of the deep pressure sensory vest is based on the sensory integration 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 "hugging" sensation a vest provides. Therapists have found that adding additional weights to the torso or shoulders of the vest 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 vest.
NOTE: These items may be worn as long as tolerated. Feedback indicates that most clients indicate when they want the vest to be put on or removed. These vests were designed with two separate sides, allowing the therapist to adjust and vary the dimensions of each vest to meet the needs of a number of different clients. The front section comes in a variety of colors; the back section is black. They are made with 2 mm Airprene fabric and are secured to a 1.5 mm Velcro Plush Airprene back. The front section has a 2 to 3 inch horizontal separation, allowing for a snug fit along the chest and waist. The back of the vest has no seams to tear or unravel and may be modified simply by cutting it.
Adjustable: Our deep pressure sensory vests have full velcro adjustment on both shoulders and across the back to allow for a proper fit in the both the length, chest and torso.
NOTE: This unique design allows increased adjustments in size due to the material and Velcro combination. The measurements stated below are the widest possible dimensions, and are given to determine the best size for each client, however for smaller clients, a greater decrease in size is obtained by increasing the side and shoulder closures.
No color choice.
Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure Sensory Vest Specifications:
Size Chest Circumference x Length (shoulder to waist or top of hip) XX-Small 15"- 20"W x 12"L X-Small 21" - 24"W x 14"L Small 25" - 30"W x 17"L Medium 31" - 36"W x 20"L Large 37" - 42"W x 24"L X-Large 43" - 48"W x 26"L XX-Large 49" - 54"W x 30"L
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Care For Your Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure Vests?
Our deep pressure vests are made with a latex free, breathable material, that is comfortable, highly durable and completely washable, however because the fabric is rubberized, the items must be hung to dry. Before washing, secure all Velcro closures to prevent snagging and debris from collecting within the Velcro. Due to the nature of the product and the materials used in them, Do not dry clean.
How Do I Determine Which Size Sensory Vest I Need To Order?
Our deep pressure vests are sized based on the measurements listed below and the design of the product allows a great deal of flexibility in size adjustments. To properly size your vest, you will need to measure:
- Circumference of the user's chest (or stomach depending on which is larger)
- Top of shoulder to waist or to of hips
Why Use A Deep Pressure Vest?
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.
Although there is limited research in the area of weighted vest therapy, many therapists have found a weighted vest 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 vest.
What is Sensory Integration (SI)?
Sensory Integration (SI) is a brain process that occurs in all of us. It allows us, often without conscious thought, to take information through our senses, organize it and make a plan to produce a meaningful response to interact with our environment with ease and comfort. Our senses can be those that we know and those that are hidden. The senses that are the most obvious are those of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. The hidden senses are those of movement (vestibular or inner ear) and of body position sense (proprioception). The hidden senses are regulators of our nervous system and help build the foundation for purposeful movement.
For most children, sensory integration develops through ordinary childhood activities. Children must be able to organize sensory information to function in daily activities, in the classroom, on the playground and in relationships.
What is Disfunction of Sensory Integration (DSI)?
Simply put, a Sensory Processing Disorder or Dysfunction of Sensory Integration is the inability to process information received through our senses. A child with a dysfunction of sensory integration cannot respond to sensory information and use it to behave in a meaningful way. Some children are hypersensitive or hyposensitive to sensory information. Either way impairs learning and creates a threatening situation for the child causing increased anxiety and a decreased ability to interpret and respond appropriately to stimuli.
If your child is diagnosed with autism, ADD, ADHD or is hyperactive, he/she may benefit from a referral to a qualified occupational therapist who specializes in SI, and a weighted vest may be an effective component of a comprehensive occupational therapy program.
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Customer Reviews 5 item(s)
This Pressure Vest helps to relieve anxiety by regulating the sensory system when it is overstimulated. The Pressure Vest is adjustable and evenly-distributed pressure to the sides, shoulders, and back of the torso for a comforting hug-like squeeze without pressure placed on the stomach or chest. The stylish Pressure Vest promotes independence. The Pressure Vest enables me to complete daily tasks with ease anywhere I go!
- My son uses this vest and though he seems to do well with it, the neck of the vest fits pretty close to his neck and is a bit irritating to him. I think I may try the other blue vest that does not go so high up onto the neck. Otherwise, it is a great product!
- My son liked the vest's tightness, when he wore the vest for the first time. Irritability is one of his comorbid conditions, so he is going to try to wear the vest on top of a cotton vest.
- We use thee deep pressure and weighted vests in our classroom. We have the kids put the vests on a few minutes prior to the "activity" and remove them about 20-30 minutes later. We have seen a significant increase in on-task behaviors for several of the students. We have also noticed a visible difference in the grounding and interaction of the children with the vest on.
- My son Austin has used the deep pressure vests for a couple of years. He like the hug effect he gets from the vest. He now uses one at school and another one at home. It has really helped with aspects of calming but also in staying focused on certain activities. The nice thing about these vests is that they have allow air to circulate to his body so he doesn't get too hot in it. These vests have worked great!