Helping children with special needs handle stress
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Children with special needs often have difficulty handling stress, especially when they are very young. Ryerson University researchers Frank Russo and Jean-Paul Boudreau developed a solution. Together, they developed BabyVibe, a “jumper style” garment for children that provides light, vibro-tactile stimulation, in order for them to detect and interpret sounds, and enhance the emotional connection between parents and their children.

By boosting a child’s feelings of intimacy and security with visual and tactical stimulants, Russo has been able to decrease stress for children with special needs.

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