Chair That Mimics Hugging May Help Those With Autism

The "Sensory Lounger" is a normal looking chair but with inflatable cylinders that apply deep-touch pressure, which soothes those with autism.

In the year and a half or so since students in a Blue Valley school district engineering program helped bring it to fruition, the Sensory Lounger has enjoyed quite a run. Now, the man behind the chair — which provides the kind of full-body, deep-touch pressure many children with autism crave — has even bigger plans.

Stuart Jackson, a local businessman and driving force behind the project who has worked closely with the students in the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program, recently formed a business, the Sensory Chair Co., with an eye toward getting the chairs to market.

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