Vest gives people with special needs a "portable hug"

05/23/2008 | ScienceDaily

A high-tech vest developed by a University of Massachusetts, Amherst, engineer may help therapists deliver constant deep-pressure touch stimulation that may help people with some disabilities relax and focus better. "People with developmental disorders and mental illness are often overwhelmed in everyday environments such as school and the workplace," says Brian Mullen, a mechanical engineering graduate student. "This is an alternative therapy that can safely and discreetly provide the treatment they need."

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