With World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, autism in its different varieties have been top of mind. It’s brought some questions around a particular product we carry – the Senseez Vibrating Cushion. So I wanted to bring some clarity to what this product does, and who it can help.
How do they work?
When you sit on or squeeze a Senseez cushion, it vibrates, and this vibration has a relaxing, soothing and calming effect on the body. This can help kids sit still for longer periods of time, and it can even help them fall asleep.Vibrational therapy has been used for many years in many different forms. Some children require the vibrations to help calm their bodies, while other children just enjoy the way it feels.
Who are they for?
While they’re great for any kids with energy, the Senseez sensory cushions make ideal special needs cushions, especially for children with autism, ADHD, or sensory processing disorder. The vibrating cushions can calm kids who need more sensory feedback or help train hypersensitive kids to tolerate more sensations. For the under sensitive child, the pillows can provide the absolute necessary input to help calm and regulate their system. For the oversensitive child, it can be a tool to help increase their tolerance to tactile input. Either way, its uses within the scope of a sensory processing disorder are invaluable. It really works for anyone who:
- Has difficulty sitting for short or long periods of time
- Gets distracted easily
- Has tactile sensitivities
- Has trouble concentrating
- Could use some help with relaxation
- Has difficulty with calming down
- Has difficulty getting to sleep
- Would enjoy being massaged
Where can you use it?
The pillow is completely portable and can go anywhere the child goes. It is recommended for schools, libraries, car rides, plane rides, restaurants, and even at the dentist. It does omit a sound when it vibrates, so keep that in mind when considering where it might help your child. It’s available in an easy to clean vinyl covering, or a soft furry covering for those who need more tactile stimulation.