These backpacks are a great security blanket for kids with autism!
A group of students have developed blankets that offer the kind of deep touch pressure that many people with autism find especially comforting.
Called Nesel Pack, the backpacks are sensory-friendly, and are designed for kids between the ages of six to 12 years. It’s the brainchild of parents, therapists, teachers, and the students who created them.
The blankets bring together some of the tools that kids with autism use to cope with the stress factors of the outside world. The Nesel Pack is durable and has thick straps that can be tightened around different areas of the child’s body to provide the feeling of being held or hugged.
It comes with special hooks to attach sensory tools and pockets for objects the user likes to have with them for comfort or self-stimulation. There’s even a special pocket for a tablet, as many children with autism use tablets to communicate their needs or for educational purposes.
There is also a reflective handle on the back of the pack for parents or caregivers to hold onto in cases where the child may be in immediate danger, like while crossing a street. There is also a pocket in the back for the child’s name and emergency information in case they get lost. The blankets are designed to keep kids with autism feel safe and keep them out of real trouble.
The project has raised more than $46,000 on Kickstarter and is available to be shipped anywhere in the world. See this video to know more: https://youtu.be/snmoPY-mp_Q