Squeezes are performed on the arms and legs of unique learners by the adult partner using both of their hands to squeeze the child’s extremity along its entire length. The squeeze is about the same pressure that you might use to squeeze water from a large sponge with both hands. Compressions around the trunk can be performed with a softly cupped hand pressing down with about the same pressure you would use to press the water from a sponge sitting on the counter. Head hugs are squeezes performed by placing one hand on either side of the unique learner’s head and applying a gentle compression. These co-contractions are very calming for the brain of a unique learner. Frequently the student will extend their arm, seeking out squeezes in a nonverbal fashion. The use of a weighted blanket or other weighted objects can simulate squeezes and be performed independently.
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