Deep pressure therapy is any intervention which relies on pressure that is exerted in most types of firm touch, such as hugging, cuddling, squeezing, stroking or holding someone.
It is sometimes used as an intervention - either as part of sensory integrative therapy or as a technique in its own right - to help individuals with sensory sensitivity.
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