Snug Vest

Snug Vest is an inflatable vest for providing Deep Pressure Therapy. Safe and evenly-distributed pressure to the torso is adjustable to provide the user with the exact amount of pressure they need. Snug Vest inflates using a small hand pump. The stylish vest is discrete and promotes inclusion. Adjusting in the length and width, the Snug Vest can grow with the user or be worn in a therapy setting for various sized users.


Snug Vest: Videos

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Snug Vest: Features

Snug Vest Features


The hidden inflation tube attaches to the hand pump.


Deflate the vest by twisting the end of the deflation tube.


The hood provides a sense of comfort and blocks out light and overwhelming distractions.


The inflatable provides evenly distributed and adjustable pressure to the sides, shoulders, and back, to give a hug-like squeeze.


Velcro at shoulders adjust 3” for user’s height to allow growth.


Velcro at the sides adjust 6” around the torso to accommodate growth.


The elastic strip in the front ensures minimal pressure is placed on the stomach and chest.


The holes on the inflatable provide ventilation and ensure even pressure distribution.

How is Snug Vest different?
  • Does not inhibit mobility and is not cumbersome.
  • Gives the user independence to self-administer pressure.
  • Easy to adjust pressure in small increments.
  • Easy to put-on and remove but not necessary to remove.
  • Does not place pressure on the stomach or chest.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Can be worn almost anywhere, any time.
  • Gives evenly-distributed pressure to the torso.
  • Adjustable to grow with child or fit multiple users.
  • Fashionable and discreet promoting dignity.
  • Avoids habituation with the ability to vary the pressure. (Habituation is when the body gets used to repeated exposure of a stimulus such as pressure)

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vs. Snug

Snug Vest: Weighted Vest vs. Snug Vest

The result of not providing Deep Pressure Therapy when needed may leave an individual’s sensory system stimulated and unregulated. This may lead to increased anxiety and other unwanted behaviors such as severe tantrums, meltdowns, self-injury behavior, and repetitive body movements. Assistance from another person hugging, holding, or swaddling the individual may help. However, some individuals with autism can not tolerate being physically touched by others, and it is often inappropriate in a school setting for a caretaker to hug or hold their client. The individual may alternatively squish themselves between cushions or in tight spaces, or be rolled up in tight blankets by their caretaker. If medications are prescribed to relieve anxiety, risk of adverse reaction and negative side effects may occur.

Weighted Vest vs Snug Vest

Weighted Vest
Snug Vest
  • Only places pressure down onto the shoulders.
  • Gives a ‘weighed down’ sensation.
  • Pressure cannot be adjusted to suit the user.
  • Pressure cannot be controlled by user.
  • Aesthetics do not promote inclusion.
  • May have long-term negative effects on child’s posture/growing body.

(note: the information above is not proven fact, but has been a concern raised by parents and therapists)

  • Evenly-distributed pressure throughout the back, shoulders, and sides of the torso (but not on the stomach or chest for safety purposes)
  • Pressure can be easily adjusted to the exact amount of pressure the user requires (using a small hand pump)
  • Pressure can be controlled by the user, thus promoting independence
  • Looks stylish and discrete, can be used anywhere at anytime and promotes inclusion
  • Vest is adjustable in length and width to accommodate a growing child

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Snug Vest: Deep Pressure Therapy

Deep Pressure Therapy is a sensory integration therapy that applies surface pressure to the body in order to create the feeling of a firm hug, hold, or swaddle.

The result of applying pressure has a relaxing and calming effect as it helps relieve anxiety by regulating the sensory system when it is over stimulated from environmental input and overload.

Deep Pressure Therapy provides proprioceptive input where the user will feel more grounded as it improves balance, body and spatial awareness, and coordination.

Firm pressure to the torso can help individuals with anxiety and hyperactivity disorders increase focus and attention. Pressure can diminish anxiety symptoms such as tantrums, self-injury, and ‘stimming’/repetitive body movement behaviors.

Tactile defensive individuals that are overly sensitive to touch can desensitize through deep pressure, decreasing hyper-responsiveness.

Therapists use various methods to provide clients with pressure such as rolling a child up in a blanket. The products links below use different ways to apply pressure; most popular among them are the use of weights in the form of weighted blankets and vests.

Benefits of Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Relax and ease anxiety
  • Improve social skills and communicate more effectively
  • Help complete daily tasks
  • Reduce tactile defensiveness / hypersensitivity to touch
  • Reduce tantrums, self-injury behavior, and stimming (repetitive body movement)
  • Help maintain balance and body awareness in space
  • Maximize therapy sessions
Deep Pressure Therapy may help individuals with:
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Apraxia
  • Aspergers syndrome (AS)
  • Ataxia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Depression
  • Dyslexia
  • Hypotonia
  • Insomnia
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS)
  • Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS)
  • Proprioceptive dysfunction
  • Rett syndrome
  • Sensory Integration Disorder (SDI)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Stress

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Snug Vest: Sizing

Snug Vest Sizing
Looking for an extra large Snug Vest? We’ve got extension straps!

Snug Vest Extension Straps

Extension straps velcro into the adjustable sides to add 8 1/2 inches (4 1/4 on each side) around the torso. Each purchase comes with 2 straps – one for each side.

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& Care

Snug Vest: Washing & Care

Snug Vest Care

  • Wash inflatable and garment separately.
  • Do not put inflatable in washing machine.
  • Do not store in direct sunlight.
  • Do not submerge inflatable in water.
  • Do not store vest in very high or low temperatures.

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Research &

Snug Vest: Research & Testimonials

IBCCES Certified Autism Resource

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards has reviewed the Snug Vest and has found that it meets the following areas of Autism Competency: Autism Overview, Behavior Competency, Emotional Awareness and Bullying Competency, and Motor Skill Competency.

“I really like your pressure vest [Snug Vest]. I would have loved that as a child.”
Temple Grandin, PhD


“Deep Pressure Therapy is a proven and effective sensory processing / integration therapy for many individuals with tactile processing disorders, especially those children who are on the autism spectrum or have ADHD. Deep Pressure to the tactile system has been proven in research studies to reduce cortisol and adrenalin through activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in lowered anxiety and calming. Deep Pressure Therapy over the long term can desensitize the hypersensitive tactile system, thus lowering hypervigalence and inducing a calming effect. Therefore, Deep Pressure Therapy results in not only enabling children to be more functional in home environments, but also increases their ability to pay attention and learn at school.”
Cris Rowan
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


“Compared to other similar types of equipment, the kids that I work with enjoy using it for a sense of control. The use of having the hoodie provides them with a sense of comfort and minimizes the visual stimuli that gets overwhelmed by things that are happening in their peripheral vision. They also enjoy that they can pump it up themselves and have that sense of control over how much is going to be inflated, when it’s deflated, when it comes on and off. I’ve used other weighted jackets and weighted vests and I don’t find the same success with kids keeping them on.”
Megan Eastwood
Occupational Therapist


“The benefits of wearing the Snug Vest will be significant for some children. This vest may allow a child to keep his/her sensory system in the “just right” zone thus allowing the child to engage in activities that were previously challenging. Families may see increased attention and focus, less emotional outbursts, and new learning with use of the Snug Vest.”
Zoe Raffard
Occupational Therapist


“The staff have been using [the client’s Snug Vest] quite a bit and have found it very effective. They also report that it is great that it is not too difficult to get on her, since if she is escalated, you don’t want to get too much into her space.”
Jessica Osment
Residential Coordinator


Snug Vest – I have to tell you that your design is amazing – you’ve thought of everything… the Velcro adjustments, the air holes in the back, the sporty look. …your attention to detail in all areas – right down to the packaging – is so impressive and is really touching. And now for a word directly from Erik who is sitting in his room doing his homework with his vest on! ‘I am so happy to have my vest. When I am wearing it, I feel more relaxed. I like how you get to pump it up and then release the air at the end. Thank you for making something that helps me and other people.”
Teresa Hedley


“I really like the look of the vest and the fact that it doesn’t look so odd when my son’s in the school with his friends. It just looks like another piece of clothing.”
Michelle Edwards


“A fantastic product! The idea behind this is truly amazing. I was so concerned with weighted vests and putting that extra weight on my two kids that have autism, and didn’t know what effects it would have on their growing bodies in the future. We didn’t like the weighted vest because it restricted their movement. Both of my kids enjoyed the inflatable Snug Vest, and I see it as a tool to help them with their school work, to feel comfort, and to calm them down from being upset.”
Mary-Ann Fulks
Occupational Therapist


“Our son really enjoyed wearing the Snug Vest because not only did he think it felt warm and comfortable, the pressure was adjustable to his needs and it did not make him look different or feel awkward wearing it. I love it too because it helps him help himself!”
Lisa Baillargeon

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Snug Vest was last modified: May 19th, 2017 by Webmaster