Wednesday, August 27, 2008
SPIO stands for "Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis" and is used to provide all over pressure for children with sensory issues. It works for both hyper- and low- sensitivity and is designed to give that steady pressure/input all day so the child feels more organized and ready to tackle other things. The pressure also helps kids like Carver have a greater sense of body awareness. It is in two pieces, a shirt and pants. They overlap a lot and stay in place great.
It is generally recommended to give a 2 week trial, every day all day under clothes. Here the pictures are without so you get an idea of the super tight "super suit" concept. I ordered one back in July and have 90 days to try it out and send it back. So we're taking advantage of the cooler weather to give it a shot. Honestly, I can't tell a difference. Not this week anyway. I haven't given up yet, though. I'll keep trying it.
The black suit is the official SPIO suit. It costs $200 out of pocket or $380 to insurance. Ouch!! It has to work pretty well or it's not worth it to me. Hence, the red suit. My fabulous aunt Joann is a whiz of a seamstress and she duplicated our black one in red. The lycra is a little thicker and tighter, but it went on okay. And for less than $10, it's well worth a try! I have to say that black isn't as noticeable, but the red is pretty fun. I wonder about a white shirt for church days... :) hard to imagine those red sleeves peeking out of his short sleeve white button-up, huh?
The pictures aren't great, but let's face it - Carver isn't photogenic. Hardly ever do I get a decent shot of the kid. So here's the best we can do!