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7 Quick and Easy Ways to Help your child calm down using Deep Pressure Therapy

What is Deep Touch Pressure Therapy?

Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) is firm but gentle squeezing, hugs, or holding that relaxes the nervous system. This pressure can be applied with the hands, special massage tools, or products that your child can wear or wrap around themselves to provide pressure.

Done properly, this therapy triggers a chain reaction in the body that releases an overall sense of calm and peace.

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Benefits Observed with Deep Pressure Therapy

Not all individuals will experience every benefit, but the potential positive effects include:

  1. General sense of calm that can last up to a few hours after therapy
  2. Decreased overall anxiety when practiced regularly
  3. Increased happiness
  4. Improved social interactions
  5. Increased communicativeness
  6. Better sleep
  7. Improved focus
  8. Lowered incidence of seizures
  9. Lowered hypersensitivity to touch
  10. Improved ability to tolerate the school environment
  11. Decrease in self injury

Why use Deep Pressure Therapy?

A common symptom of sensory processing difficulties, attention disorders and autism spectrum disorders is high arousal levels or anxiety. Deep pressure is commonly used by occupational therapists to help reduce arousal levels and anxiety or support “sensory modulation”.

This is because this type of touch to the body can cause the release of certain brain chemicals (such as dopamine – the “pleasure” neurotransmitter), creates a parasympathetic response in the body (more relaxed, neutral state) and can reduce cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone).

Deep pressure touch is also known to help increase our body awareness and over extended periods of time reduce hypersensitivity of the tactile system.


Try this!

Take a minute to close your eyes. Stretch your arms outward and try to touch your two index fingers. You might succeed on the first try. If not, your body corrects itself and by the second try, you should be able to touch your fingers.

This is your proprioceptive system at work. It informs our body of its position in space by directing muscles on how to react to external stimuli. It is essential for building body awareness.

Deep Pressure Therapy is a form of proprioceptive input. The added weight puts pressure on your joints and muscles, giving your brain a better sense of where your body is in relation to space.


Do you know Deep Touch Pressure Therapy can improve your mood?

Deep Pressure Therapy increased serotonin by 28% and dopamine by 31%. These “happy hormones” have a direct and positive effect on mood and behavior.

Researchers also found that the stress hormone, cortisol, decreased by 31%. When cortisol levels are high, the body goes into “fight or flight” mode. This combined effect reduces stress and anxiety, while boosting your mood.


7 Quick and Easy Ways you can help your child calm down using Deep Pressure Therapy

 1. For a quick and easy solution to help your child feel calm... get your child to pull apart Theraputty to reduce stress and feel calm Theraputty for Calming
2. PeaPod New and Improved Design… The pod just got better!!!

Getting inside the PeaPod feels like you are receiving a giant all over hug that stimulates the nervous system to create a calming soothing effect, 

The velvety soft surface, made from flocked vinyl, is soft to touch. Pressure provided from the pod creates an instant calming effect.

Use before meltdowns, bedtime and when feeling stressed or anxious.

Medium and Large sizes available – Large is big enough to fit an adult.

PeaPod Calming Sensory Cushion
3. Use a weighted pet on your child's lap to help them feel calm. Weighted Pets keep your child relaxed
4. Get your child to climb inside a body sock for a calming feeling. Body Socks are very stretchy and provide resistance when you move in them. This provides deep pressure through the joints. Play a game like climbing a mountain or flying…


Body Socks for Calming Down
5. Rollease Rolling Pin is a Giant Rolling Pins get your child to lay down on their tummy and roll them like a pancake. This fun game soothes and calms your child down. Ahhh… take it in turns to both enjoy the calming feeling!

Get ready to whip up a batch of calm kids with your RollEase Rolling Pin! Apply this firm foam rolling pin over the back of a child lying on tummy for plenty of deep pressure input and voila… an instant kid calmer! Great for sensory input and bilateral motor coordination when the child does the “rolling”.
Comes with a handle for easy hanging in a classroom or clinic.

Rollease Rolling Pins roll out calm children
6. Pressure Vests for children and adults… Pressure Vest provide constant and deep pressure, these vests help increase body awareness, improve balance, and provide sensory feedback.  Pressure from a pressure vest will provide a calming feeling, reducing anxiety and frustration. Pressure Vests for Children and Adults
7. Calming solution? Get your child to lay upside down on a Ball Chair for a nice calming effect. Ball Chair Gymnic Therapy Seating

Adults and children alike can benefit from the effects of Deep Pressure Therapy, especially those diagnosed with the following:

  1. Anxiety Disorder
  2. Depression
  3. Insomnia
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  5. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  6. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  7. Tourette’s Syndrome
  8. Restless Leg Syndrome
  9. Autism



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