It's about time someone came up with a discreet and, more importantly, cool way to get the pressure our kids seek. The T-Jacket offers wearable technology for our sensory-seekers and it doesn't make them stand out. This could be any other hoodie except for the fact that hidden within are sensors that can be controlled by your phone and provide discreet pressure when needed. If you're child is small, like mine, you can set it to follow a program that works for them. If the wearer is a little older they can set their own plan for comfort. This smart little jacket even tracks the wearer's progress. Simply genius.
Taken from the T-Jacket website see below a list of the many issues that our kids struggle with. Does this sound like your child? Does this sound like you? Honestly, I had to copy it here because it describes our girl perfectly and it describes many of my students as well.
- Have difficulty sitting still
- Easily distracted
- Vigorous playground activities
- Deep pressure
- Frequent anxiety and stress
- Tantrums over things that seem
normal to you
- Actions in a disorganized
- Repeated and seemingly
- Running around
- Bumping into people
- Controlling impulses
Like any child, children with sensory sensitivities want a chance to explore all those things that give us grown-ups the heebie jeebies. Little Ray's Reptile Zoo made that happen for some of Saint John's finest sensory kids and their friends this weekend at Bayview Elementary School.
First, I'll explain what it means to have sensory issues. Kids (and adults) on the autism spectrum (and otherwise) can be sensory-seeking or sensory-adverse. Sometimes, they can be a little of both. In order to run a sensory-friendly event we have to be mindful of three major things.
1. There will be kids that need to exert built up energy. These kids will need an outlet. Otherwise that energy might come out in a less productive way. We arranged some gym equipment and a large space to kick balls and run around for those kids. My Kate would be one of those rock stars most of the time.
2. Second, we had to make sure the crowd was not too large, and overwhelming for our kiddos that shy away from stimulation. My Kate would be one of these sweethearts on occasion.
3. Finally, we had to find people and kids that would not judge or stare at children who might act a little differently in the face or certain stimuli. This part was easy because the members of TeamKate were amazing, as usual.
Thank you Ray's Reptiles! We will certainly do this again.
Grace and Kate's mom
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