Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Finding Balance With Asperger's: Sens-ational Hug Compression Tee


Quinn frequently needs a little gentle pressure to help him with proprioceptive input, which is why we use a weighted compression vest for him daily. Sometimes though, taking the vest places is not possible or he worries about being embarrassed by having to wear it so when I saw the Sens-ational Hug Tee that Fun and Function has, I thought it would be perfect for on-the-go use.

The Sens-ational Hug Tee gives children a calming “hug” via the organic cotton-spandex blend shirt. It is seamless and tagless as well, so it won’t irritate even the pickiest sensory-irritated children. It gives a perfect amount of gentle pressure to calm Quinn without having the cumbersome bulkiness of his compression vest. As an added bonus, it is even machine-washable.


Quinn loves wearing this tee. He says it’s comfy and makes him feel safe and I can see the security and calmness that washes over him when it’s on. By no means does it replace his vest, but it’s perfect for wearing out in public and much easier and less bulky to carry around than his vest. If I know that we’re going to be in public, I put his Sens-ational Hug Tee on under his regular shirt so he can have that reassurance to keep him from feeling too overwhelmed in those situations. We got the short sleeved white one but I think having the long-sleeved would be great as well. Either one would provide a great sensory experience for the ASD or sensory integration diagnosed child in your life. Quinn’s occupational therapist even agrees that this is a really fantastic idea for public situations for sensory problems in children and adults.

You can purchase this shirt in several varieties on Fun and Function’s website, www.funandfunction.com. For Quinn’s size and this particular style, the retail price is $19.99.


Thank you to Fun and Function for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.