Bear Hug

Created by designer Liz Fraser, the "Bear Hug" vest is a pressure system built into a discreet vest and designed for wear by children with spectrum disorders, such as Autism, who have shown to responsed positively to "deep pressure therapy," often being able to concentrate on tasks more successfully when in a deep pressure environment. The vest is designed to be self-sustaining, controlled by a screen that can either be kept in the vest pocket or worn over in the included teddy bear backpack, allowing for the wearer to independantly control the pressure of the vest.

Fraser cites that the vest is designed to not only provide this pressure therapy to children in a discreet manner, allowing them to benefit from the therapy in any environment, but to encourage independance as the child can self-regulate the pressure of the vest to best suit their needs.

 

Source: http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/09/09/children-need-a-bear-hug/