I am always on the search for new products that could potentially help my children during school or one of their many therapy sessions.
I always hope that they could maintain their attention long enough to participate and gain something from a session.
Both of my children have sensory issues and are constantly "seeking" in one form or another.
While one fidgets in their seat, the other loves the close contact of the therapist.
And they both love hugs!
Fortunately, thanks to SPIO, I have found a product that provides what both of them need.
SPIO, which stands for Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis, is a compression garment useful for providing sensory input to help children with a variety of conditions to improve their trunk tone, function, and posture.
SPIO™ systems were designed by Cheryl Allen, a mother of two children with tone, movement, and severe sensory processing disorders, and Nancy Hylton who is a Physical Therapist, Licensed Orthotist, and the mother of a son with cerebral palsy.
Unlike other products, the principle of SPIO is compression, deep pressure and sensory input: everything a sensory-seeking child may crave.
It does not provide physical or rigid support, so this vest may not be helpful to children with extremely low tone or spinal deformities.
Below are a variety of products that SPIO offers:
Since they are made of a patented Lycra fabric with a unique multi-directional stretch, they allow for ease of movement, all while providing the compression and sensory input that you are looking for.
And, if cared for properly, all SPIO systems allow for a 25% growth.
I have used the SPIO shirt and pants for my daughter for several weeks now during her speech therapy sessions.
It is not uncommon for her to touch her therapist or look for a hug when she does something good or pronounces a sound correctly.
She thrives on praise!
I had been told by our SLP on a few occasions that she would have my daughter sit on her lap while she hugs her to give her that sensory input she was craving.
And I was also told that during these "hug" portions of her therapy, her concentration improved greatly as did her progress.
Now that we have a SPIO product on during the session, she is able to sit and attend during the session with the same outcomes!
And yes, I am a believer!
And the great folks over at SPIO would like to give ONE WINNER your own SPIO product of your choice!
But as always, please check with your personal physician if this or any product would be appropriate for your child.
So here is what you need to do to enter this giveaway:
1.) Leave a comment about this giveaway on my Facebook page.
2.) Go to the SPIO Facebook Page and "LIKE" them and leave a comment.
***To be considered a valid entry, you MUST comment on SPIO's Facebook page that you heard about their product from my blog giveaway and product review today!
3.) Follow SPIO on Twitter and "retweet" my post about this giveaway.
SIMPLE AS THAT!
This giveaway begins on Monday, November 7, 2011 and ends on Tuesday, November 8,2011at 12:00noon (CST).
Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email and announced on my Facebook page.
Contest valid in the United States only.
Sorry, but no PO Box entries will be allowed.
No anonymous entries.
You must have a valid email address.
If the first winner does not contact me within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen at random.
For more information on SPIO, their products, and sizing information, please check out their website at http://www.spioworks.com/