‘At school it helps me to concentrate when it is noisy in the classroom…’
‘It gives me the feeling that someone is hugging me without someone actually hugging me’
My name is Delphine and I recently got a Squease vest. Me and my mom went to Eindhoven in the afternoon where I had the opportunity to try on a vest and talk to Robert. Robert is very nice and he told me he sometimes uses the vest as well. I thought that was very funny, because I thought the vest was only for children. He told me more about the vest and then I was allowed to take the vest with me to try it out. The next day I wore my vest to school and that felt really nice. It gives me the feeling that someone is hugging me without someone actually hugging me.
‘When I inflate the vest I feel calmer and I’m able to concentrate better’
At school the vest helps me mainly to concentrate when it’s noisy in class. When I inflate the vest I feel calmer and I’m able to concentrate better. With my vest I find the talking and shuffling etc. less annoying and I can ignore it better. It’s like my “on/off button” works better. I turn the “sound-button” off and the “concentration-button” on. Without the Squease vest that button doesn’t work as well and I have to look for a quiet place within the school – which is not always possible. Another thing I like about the Squease vest is that I can determine by myself when to use it or not. Sometimes when something unpleasant happens, I quickly inflate the vest and I notice that I can calmly think about the situation. I don’t need to walk away and just stay in the group. In school no one needs to know that I’m wearing the vest, because no one can see I’m wearing one.
‘I’ve also noticed different stimulation that I first didn’t notice at all’
I’ve also noticed different stimulation that I first didn’t notice at all. I’m thirsty a lot now, which I wasn’t before. I also notice a lot better when I get tired. I’m very happy with my Squease vest. I’m glad that I got the chance to try it and that my parents bought it for me. I do hope that I can use the vest just as easily in the summer months. Right now I’m always wearing the vest to school underneath my sweater. I then use it whenever I want to. When I’m at home or with my parents I don’t use it. They give me that safe feeling, which the vest does otherwise.