Pressure vests are vests or or jackets which can be inflated in order to exert pressure on the person wearing them.
Some people believe that pressure items, such as vests, can help people on the autism spectrum cope better with a wide range of problems, such as poor motor skills, hyperactivity and sleeplessness.
They believe that the pressure helps to calm peeople on the autism spectrum by changing how they process sensory information and by allowing them to better feel their movements and understand where their bodies are in space.
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