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Smart Squeeze is an inflatable vest for providing Deep Pressure Therapy to teens with autism, ADHD, and sensory disorders. Pressure to the torso such as firm hugging relieves anxiety and helps increase focus and attention. The Smart Squeeze vest can be used anytime, anywhere. The user controls how much pressure they need by pumping their vest, enabling independence. The inflatable bladder is concealed inside a vest that provides additional calming by blocking out light and distractions with a large hood and collar, and with tactile feely pockets. Unlike weighted vests, the pressure is adjustable and evenly-distributed to the torso.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Industrial Design Department
Surrey, BC, Canada