Today one in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. Vancouver startup Squeezease Therapy wants to help.
Squeezease's Snug Vest is a wearable Deep Pressure Therapy device for children with sensory and anxiety disorders such as autism and ADHD. It's goal is to reduce anxiety in children suffering from autism and prevent tantrums from occurring.
According to autism advocate Temple Grandin, applying pressure to the body can desensitize those that are oversensitive to touch and, eventually over time, the individual can tolerate touch, such as clothing against his/her skin. The Snug Vest applies pressure to the body and creates a relaxing effect as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system to reduce adrenalin and cortisol, indicators of stress.
Starting in June, Squeezease Therapy began conducting beta trials of the Snug Vest to gather feedback in several family's homes and therapy centres worldwide. Just two weeks into trials, the Snug Vest was having positive results.
One child with autism had zero extreme meltdowns and tantrums, and has even learned to control his pressure vest to help him relax and focus on his daily tasks. Previously tantrums occurred one to two times per week.
Squeezease Therapy is conducting an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and has 14 days left to hit their goal of $20,000. Check out their video below.