Proprioception ( aka kinesthesia ) is the sense of how we perceive the position, and movements, of our bodies. This includes our sense of equilibrium, and balance, and can be defined as the conscious or unconscious awareness of joint position.
What does this mean for an individual with sensory needs, as a result of a diagnosis of Autism, or otherwise?
Well, when a child is not properly able to receive proprioceptive feedback, they will often self-regulate by engaging in behaviours that will provide that stimulation that they seek, such as toe-walking, running and crashing, hand/arm flapping, and other forms of stimuli that are all too often very harmful.
They can also be off-balance, and 'clumsy', a result of their equilibrium not being what it should. The very task of walking can seem too monumental a task to conquer, when one’s balance is thrown off by a 'confused' sensory system.
When a child receives the kind of deep pressure therapy - such as CalmWear - their sensory needs are being met and absorbed in a way that makes sense to their system. They can then go about focusing and learning, while their system remains calm.
Read about Deep Touch Pressure, and its calming effects here
When a child receives the kind of deep pressure therapy - such as CalmWear - their sensory needs are being met and absorbed in a way that makes sense to their system.
We have already allowed for the correct amount of sensory compression, so please use the exact chest measurement when deciding on size.
If your measurement is between two sizes, our recommendation is that you size down, although both will work. The reason we recommend sizing down, is that most individuals are craving the sensory input to feel calm, so slightly more snug is always a safe way to go. However, if the garment is for a growing child, you may want to choose the higher of the two sizes.
CalmWear needs to provide gentle sensory compression to the muscles to work effectively, so be sure to choose the size within these guidelines.