The Sensory Chair review

June 23, 2015
  • Background

    The Sensory Chair is designed for individuals with autism and sensory processing disorder. The lounger could be a great tool for individuals to get the sensory input that they crave in an appropriate manner.

    In many of my sessions working with children on the autism spectrum, clients will request for squeezes.  These can be compressions on the hands, arms, legs, or feet.  Some of the kids also enjoy having their head squeezed.  There is evidence to support that these types of compressions do help calm the body.  It can be difficult for the therapist or paraprofessional to be able to sustain the desired pressure for a long period of time. 

    We knew there had to be a better way to deliver deep touch pressure effectively and quietly — The Sensory Chair Company

     

    The good

    A significant benefit of the lounger is that the child using it does not need to rely on another individual to provide the sensory input.  Rather, they are able to not only feel the deep pressure touch independently, but they are able to receive the pressure in exactly the spots that they need.  The Sensory Chair Company explains that the child is able to maneuver and shift in the chair to find their most comforting position. 

    The Sensory Chair Company also addressed other areas of concern, making sure that the air pump is almost soundless and ensuring that the pressure increases and decreases slowly.  These are small details that have the potential to make the chair unpleasant for someone with sensory processing disorder.  Unlike other projects that are only geared towards small children, this lounger has both a child and adult version.  This is outstanding as many times our adults with sensory issues do not have access to appropriate alternatives.

    The bad

    One concern is that a price for The Sensory Lounger has not yet been determined.  For a population that is already spending a great deal of money on therapies, support, and tools, the lounger has the potential to be out of budget for many families that could benefit from it. It is my sincerest hope that this product is made affordable so many individuals that could benefit from it are able to access it. 

    All things considered

    There is an evidence base to support that deep pressure can help individuals with autism and sensory processing disorder.  The company is in the process of conducting a multi-center research trial to test the efficacy of this specific product.  It would be highly recommended to read follow-up research to determine if this lounger is supported by research to be helpful in decreasing behaviors in children and adults with autism and sensory processing disorder. 

    To read more information about specifics of The Sensory Lounger, visit http://www.sensorychair.com/home.html.

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