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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><span><b>I find that when D wears tight clothing she feels more "solid" and less low toned.<br>
Our OT suggested that we get a sensory vest.<br><br>
Has anyone used one of these? Any feedback would be appreciated.<br><br>
Thanks all.</b></span><br><span><b>Mary</b></span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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They got Maura one at school. She seems to like it but her teacher wasn't sure it did anything for her. When we started hippotherapy, she wore it so she'd feel more secure, but once she did, we did away with the vest.
 

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I haven't used it, but I noticed a lady on eBay sells a pattern to make your own, which might make it more affordable, especially if you are going to need to get more as your child grows.
 

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DD used theratogs for about a year. Just the vest part - you can do a whole body suit with them, but DD's lowest tone is her core for sure (if your DD has the Buddha belly this is for you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). I practically had to take a class from my PT to get how to do all the straps. It wasn't a miracle and we weren't that great about putting it on everyday, but i think it did help her crawl position and crawl to sit. At age 2 or so it became too much of a struggle to put it on so i kind of gave up. See if you PT has some to loan before buying as it's pretty $$$ and our insurance did not cover.
 

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we use a swim vest (the kind with a built in swim suit) with the bottom part cut off, it is a bit small for them (intentionally) but it is stretchy and padded, so they can safely do their crashing and feel squeezed all at once. Plus they are SUPER cute in it. Oh and they are fairly cheap and plentiful at the beginning or end of the swimming season.. not sure if they have them now though.<br><br>
Our kids crave squeezing and crashing more than they crave heavy work, but we do heavy work other ways.
 

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We borrowed a vest from our PT. Andrew loved it. He would ask for it. He likes that squeeze input. Ours didn't have buckles--just velcro if I remember. It wasn't hard. After we lost the PT and the vest, we considered buying a dive suit but never did.
 

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My ds did use what was called the bear paw vest. We sent away for it from the South Paw catalog. It has velcro and basically just straps so that the child is held tightly by it. I noticed that ds insisted on his pants all being belted expecially tightly and would strap bathrobe ties etc. around himself as tightly as possible. He used it the year of nursery school before kindergarten and in kindergarten. In kindergarten the teachers used it just for circle time because he was able to focus better with it on. Now, in first grade, he no longer needs it and doesn't buckle his belt extra tight. We donated the vest to the school occupational therapist to use for any other kids who seem to like it. He did like it but in kindergarten, which was integrated as opposed to nursery school which was all special needs, he felt self-conscious about it and wore it under his clothes but still said the other kids noticed and I think he had some embarassment about it.
 

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Are these also called hug vests? Our school visitor mentioned a hug vest, and I was just coming here to ask about making one.
 

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We tried one on my dd at OT because she seems like a good candidate for it. She HATED it! Flat out refused to do anything if forced to wear it. So we choose not to try it anymore. She does do well with tight clothing on her legs, like those footless tights in a too small size. She prefers loose clothing on top and needs more sensation on her legs. She also uses a homemade weighted blanket at home but only on her feet/legs when she wants it.
 
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