Active "hugging" vest for deep touch pressure therapy

Julia C. Duvall, Nicholas Schleif, Lucy E Dunne, Brad Holschuh

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15 Scopus citations

Abstract

Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD often seek out deep touch pressure (DTP). Weighted blankets, vests and other wearable garments have been used to provide DTP, but each suffers from significant limitations. We designed an alternative using shape memory alloy (SMA) springs that contract when heated to create a children's deep pressure vest that can constrict on command, while being simultaneously low profile and adjustable. The garment can be controlled via wireless remote, allowing wearer selfadjustment and enabling the child's parent, guardian, or occupational therapist (OT) to give a comforting "hug" potentially from anywhere in the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages458-463
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344623
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2016
Event2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2016 - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Sep 12 2016Sep 16 2016

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Other

Other2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2016
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period9/12/169/16/16

Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Deep Touch Pressure (DTP)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Sensory integration therapy (SIT)
  • Shape memory alloys (SMAs)
  • Smart clothing
  • Wearable technology

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