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December 05, 2016 15 Comments

Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are all too familiar with sensory integration difficulties.  Sensitivity to lights, noises, touch, and changes in temperature is enough to cause avoidance, anxiety, and extreme meltdowns.  In treatment, occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs) typically try to provide sensory information to organize the central nervous system to produce a more organized response to sensory stimuli. (See https://www.autism.com/symptoms_sensory_overview#sthash.FfJDBLI3.dpbs).

However, children with access to OT and PT services may only receive one hour per week of treatment and many techniques attempted outside of the therapy office fail to override the nervous system reactivity in a significant way. Some techniques require the child to actively choose to start a behavior or place burden on teachers to initiate, which risks the intervention being too late to prevent a meltdown. The result is that children with ASD have extreme difficulty functioning in typical classrooms or in situations where the sensory stimuli is not controlled.  They are often flooded with anxiety in everyday situations that others’ find tolerable, resulting in an inability to focus, learn, or experience joy.  Often times calming before sleep is a nightly difficulty that leaves parents feeling exhausted and hopeless.

The TouchPoints offer a passive, non-invasive solution that may be more powerful that other methods in preventing nervous system hyperarousal in real-time. TouchPoints can be used in the classroom, at home, or during therapy sessions to attempt to reduce sensory hyperarousal for improved outcomes in children with ASD. 

For more information on sensory integration difficulties, go to http://www.siglobalnetwork.org/  or http://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/

For more information on autism spectrum disorders, go to https://www.autismcenter.org/ or www.autismspeaks.org  or www.nationalautismsociety.org, or http://www.autism.org.uk/

If you know someone who could benefit from the Touchpoints, please share! And please apply for our scholarship!


15 Responses

Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah Wilkinson

December 31, 2016

Hi! Just curious when scholarship folks will be notified. Our daughter is begging for these. She suffers from severe anxiety. She has had counseling and is familiar with EMDR. She showed success with that buzzing therapy but do to lack of funds, we have stopped therapy. These would be a blessing for her.

The TouchPoint Solution
The TouchPoint Solution

December 22, 2016

Heidi and Terri,

Buzzies do work for adults. In fact, most of our users are adults. They work on a variety of issues. The Buzzies were designed to interfere with the body’s stress response. As stress is inflammatory and can exacerbate medical conditions, many of our users with medical issues use the Buzzies and report they experience less pain, more calm, better sleep, and improved performance. However, Buzzies are not intended to treat medical conditions and are not a substitute for medical advice.

Thank you!

The TouchPoint Solution
The TouchPoint Solution

December 22, 2016

HI Gemma,
You can order off our website at www.buzzies.com and click on Purchase. We do ship overseas.

Buzzies give the user a gentle stimulation or vibration. This bi-lateral stimulation affects the brain and alters the body’s fight or flight mechanism. Once you pair the Buzzies, you can choose from one of the pre-settings for Calm, Focus, Improve Performance, manage Anger, reduce Cravings, Sleep, or create a custom setting. Once you hit start, the Buzzies will begin “buzzing” or vibrating bilaterally. It’s this bi-lateral stimulation (called BLAST) that alters the body’s fight, flight, or freeze (F3) response that reduces your stress and anxiety level. For more research information feel free to look at the Research link on our website www.buzzies.com.

Thank you!

The TouchPoint Solution
The TouchPoint Solution

December 22, 2016

Hi Jeff,

Please see our getting started guide for info on how to use the Buzzies and adjust watchbands.
https://thetouchpointsolution.com/pages/get_started

Thank you!

The TouchPoint Solution
The TouchPoint Solution

December 22, 2016

Hi Niki! Buzies work by giving the user a gentle stimulation or vibration. This bi-lateral stimulation affects the brain and alters the body’s fight or flight mechanism. Once you pair the Buzzies, you can choose from one of the pre-settings for Calm, Focus, Improve Performance, manage Anger, reduce Cravings, Sleep, or create a custom setting. Once you hit start, the Buzzies will begin “buzzing” or vibrating bilaterally. It’s this bi-lateral stimulation (called BLAST) that alters the body’s fight, flight, or freeze (F3) response that reduces your stress and anxiety level. For more research information feel free to look at the Research link on our website www.buzzies.com.

Please see our blog post at https://thetouchpointsolution.com/blogs/buzzies-blog/where-to-wear-and-how-to-use-your-buzzies

Thank you!

gemma
gemma

December 22, 2016

Im based in the UK and im so desperate to try these for my 14ys old ASD daughter who has extreme anxiety. Could you please tell me how they work and if they are available in the UK as i maybe charged customs?

Thanks

Chantel Rodger
Chantel Rodger

December 17, 2016

My 7year old son has autism and I would love to purchase one for him. How much and how do I order one?

Vicky Timson
Vicky Timson

December 15, 2016

When is the Launch Party in Scottsdale? We would love to try and get to it

Terri
Terri

December 13, 2016

The articles only mentions children , is this a device that would help with anxiety and sleeplessness for adults?

Susen arn
Susen arn

December 13, 2016

i am on a fixed income but would like to help my 14 granddaughter who has multiple problems along with the autism,. If they don’t work can you get money back?

jeff
jeff

December 13, 2016

Is there an instuction manual? My son tried it but seemed just as agitated after 5 minutes. Should I adjust the setting? How do I shorten the wrist band?

Heidi
Heidi

December 11, 2016

Can it help with someone that gets very anxious when flying? Or individuals with OCD?

Step
Step

December 10, 2016

Just purchased my buzzies and can’t wait to get them! I will be at your launch party to pick them up with my kiddos and boyfriend! Can’t wait!

Lynda Williams
Lynda Williams

December 09, 2016

How can we get one of these? My son has PDDNOS which is a former of autism. He is mainstreamed in school. He takes no medicine cut I would lovery to try this. He can be hard to control and has melt downs. Any information you can give would be great meeting He is 10 years old.
Thanks

Niki
Niki

December 05, 2016

How long should be worn ?
And how does it exactly work?

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