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The Senseez cushionsare colorful and fun shaped foam pillows with a touch/pressure activated vibrator inside. They were originally created by a mom with a child that had trouble sitting still. Sitting on the vibrating cushion helped him stay in his seat better.

senseez pillow

Vibration is a tool that can be helpful in many different situations, and can have different effects under different circumstances. I have used baby vibrating toothbrushto wake up the mouth and I have used a tiny vibrator to pin point the sensation on a specific muscle to try to activate that muscle. Vibration can also have a calming and relaxing effect when it is spread out to the body. There are vibrating chair massagers that can help you relax in the evening.

baby vibrating toothbrush

I have some students who really respond well to vibration, and seek out vibrating pillows and seats to get through the day.

The Senseez company sent me a pillow to try out so that I could share some information about them. I have used a different vibrating pillow before, and one thing that is different about the senseez is that it is flat with a uniform thickness. This makes it easier to sit on as a chair cushion.

Another thing that I like about the senseez is that it is easy to activate. It is pressure activated, but does not require a large amount of pressure to get it activated, so it would be a great tool to use to work on upper body strengthening with a child that is motivated to make it vibrate.

The Recycling OT posted about the Senseez cushion, and had some good suggestions on ways to use it. I have put vibrating cushions into the crash mat, and it would be a great addition to an obstacle course as well. I know one student who just likes to sit and relax holding on to it.

How do you like to use vibration in therapy?

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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  1. Pamela Mason
    Pamela Mason says:

    Hi,

    I have an older pressure activated vibrating pillow that no longer works, and I was wondering if you know where I could find a replacement part/battery pack for it, as my daughter is particularly attached to her current one.

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    • Tonya
      Tonya says:

      I don’t know off hand where to get batteries. I would check with the stores that sell that pillow. I would also take out the battery and take it to an electronics store and see if they have something that matches it, depending on what type of battery it is.

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