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
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.
- 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)
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Angelman syndrome
- Aspergers syndrome (AS)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down syndrome
- 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)
Snug Vest: Sizing
Looking for an extra large Snug Vest? We’ve got 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.
Snug Vest: Washing & 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.
Snug Vest: Research & Testimonials
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.
Temple Grandin, PhD
BScOT, BScBi, SIPT
Pediatric Occupational Therapist