Several students attending schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders wear the buzzies almost the entire day during class to calm their sensory reactivity to lights, sounds, and other stimuli, to aid focus, and to reduce motor movements and stimming. The teacher of a 10-year-old nonverbal boy with ASD who wears the buzzies in his pockets daily reported he was able to transition in and out of the classroom with fewer meltdowns, smiled and laughed more with more appropriate and varied facial expressions, make more frequent eye contact, and redirect faster when he does become emotional. Teachers also noted that if the buzzies were turned off, they could tell immediately. Parents of children with ASD often opt to purchase two sets of buzzies so they do not have to charge them during the school day. Depending on the intensity level, the buzzies should last about 1/2 the school day and can be changed out while the first set is charging. Children with Autism may react at first if the intensity is too high, so we recommend introducing them to the buzzies with a low intensity level at first.
People can be fearful of many things. When fear reaches a certain point, thinking cannot override the brain's powerful fight/flight response and often panic occurs. Turning the buzzies on at the first sign of fear on an airplane, before a performance, or with children when they start to fear the dark can create a sense of calm and override the brain's fear response system. Panic can be prevented in fewer than 30 seconds in some cases and, over time, chronic fear that manifests in severe phobias may be prevented.