Equipment in Special Needs There is a plethora of equipment available for people with special needs.  All are based upon the specific special need, the chronological age and the emotional age of the individual.  With some cases, such as autism, it’s a roll of the dice whether the equipment will be effective at all.  Sensory issues come into play and the purchased equipment could become ineffectual. One type of tools are those used to apply pressure to physical points.  A weighted vest, collar, weighted stuffed animals or blanket can be quite effective to those who get overly stimulated easily or are hyperactive.  Using the blanket through the night can mean the individual will awake more rested and calm.  You double the effect of the collar if it’s applied heated also.  It’s easy to make the collar yourself.  You’ll need a pair of tube socks, some rice, rubber bands or string, and either vanilla or lavender scent.  Fill one sock with the rice, add the chosen scent and tie off the top of the sock.  Insert the filled sock, tied end first, into the other sock and secure the remaining open end.  Use by heating the filled sock in the microwave (about 15-30 seconds depending on the wattage of your microwave).  Place the heated sock around the neck of the child needing to calm down.  The combination of the weight, heat and scent will produce a calming effect.  There are also full support swings that can be used for children of all ages.  These swings are designed to keep the child secure and enjoy the calming, swaying motion.  Special adapted work tables are a must for those in wheel chairs.  Unique car seats and seat belt guards are available to keep your child safe while riding in the car. Fine motor activities and manipulation encourage the development of eye-hand coordination and help individuals practice the skills required to handle small objects with their fingers.  Adults and children with motor development issues can benefit from puzzles, pegboards and activity stations designed for manipulation. By doing research and asking the professionals who work with your disabled family member you will find the perfect system, toy, or equipment that can be used to treat whatever the cause or condition.  Sometimes insurance will cover the cost of the items if they are prescribed by a doctor.  It’s worth looking into to save on the high cost of equipment.
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