Many children with a sensory processing disorder find relief from stress and anxiety through deep pressure sensory input. This type of pressure mimics feelings of being hugged and can be isolated to certain parts of the body such as the torso, arms or legs. Deep pressure input has been shown to significantly reduce tension in autistic kids and adults who experience high levels of arousal and anxiety, when incorporated regularly.
We carry a variety of deep pressure therapy items for autism including body wraps, sacks and weighted blankets to provide sensory input at home or on the go. We also carry the squeeze machine, which delivers customizable full-body pressure with the use of adjustable soft vinyl rollers.
If your child exhibits self-stimulatory behaviors and is easily distracted at home or school, we recommend trying a weighted vest. Weighted vests have been proven to decrease distractions and self-stimulating behaviors in children, and are an ideal compact solution for home, school or on the go. Our selection of compression clothing for autism also includes hats and belts.
Weighted sensory toys are great for anyone on the autism spectrum, those who have difficulties processing sensory input and those with anxiety. Give them the security of pressure and the ability to fidget with a soft toy they can take on errands, to the doctor's office or on vacation. Our sensory weighted toys include the snake puppet, teddy bears and other plush animals.
If your child responds well to sensory pressure, incorporating deep pressure activities into your daily routine can be a great way to encourage learning and bonding while still giving them the deep proprioceptive input they crave. Try having them carry and arrange weighted items such as colored beanbags in their hands or on their heads, use exercise bands and medicine balls for kicking, and encourage playtime in the sandbox. Running and jumping also offer sensory stimulation, and are a great way to get the wiggles out while setting a healthy foundation for a daily exercise routine.