Autism STEP is proud to be one of the pioneers in using the T.Jacket for children with Autism. The T.Jacket has shown to have a calming effect that benefit children with special needs.
What is T.Jacket?
T.Jacket is a wearable technology vest that provides customizable deep touch pressure hugs that help calm and comfort people who are anxious or stressed, improving their coping ability and attentiveness.
The vest uses adjustable air pressure compression that is controlled automatically via a smartphone/tablet/iPhone/iPad app. A built-in sensor in the vest monitors user movement activity (sitting, standing, walking, rocking and running) which is an indicator of arousal levels, to help track if user’s arousal regulation falls within the optimal band. This also helps to track the progress the user makes in on-seat behaviour.
Developed in collaboration with senior occupational therapists, university researchers, clinical psychologists and educators, T.Jacket has helped people who are sensory seeking and/or sensory over-responsive.
T.Jacket helps sensory seeking children and adults settle down quickly and improve attentiveness during seated activities (for examples: reading, writing, drawing, other fine-motor activities, speech therapy sessions, meal-times etc). It also helps sensory over-responsive individuals take control and cope in situations where they may feel stressed and anxious (eg: crowded places, shopping malls, public transport, restaurants etc).
Who it helps?
T.Jacket provides deep touch pressure that can help calm people who are anxious, thereby improving their coping abilities.
Deep touch pressure can improve the quality of life of many individuals including those who experience frequent stress, anxiety, restlessness, sleeping difficulties, as well as those with conditions such as Depression, Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer’s Dementia.
The T. Jacket is not currently US FDA approved for any of the conditions listed above. Clinical trials using the jacket are ongoing in the US for PTSD in Veterans and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children. When these trials are completed, the results will be published in peer-reviewed journals
For sensory seeking children and adults, T.Jacket can help them settle down quickly for seated activities (circle time, reading, writing, drawing, other fine-motor activities, speech therapy sessions, meal times etc) and improve their on-seat attention span. For people who are sensory over-responsive, T.Jacket can help them cope with anxiety in stressful situations (eg: crowded places, shopping malls, public transport, restaurants etc).
Taken from: http://www.mytjacket.com/