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Lisa Fraser, the founder of Squeezease Therapy invented the concept for Snug Vest as her grad thesis project while studying industrial design at Emily Carr University. “I had a passion for designing a product that could help children with autism function better in their everyday lives.”
As she discovered current products that were available for Deep Pressure Therapy, she saw critical need for improvement. After working with children with autism, she put her creative talent as a problem solver to use and collaborated with Occupational Therapists for feedback to develop the Snug Vest, originally known as the Bear Hug vest.
Lisa Fraser has developed other concepts that are designed for teenagers, such as the Smart Squeeze.
After winning numerous international awards for the BearHug and Smart Squeeze concepts such as the Red Dot Concept 2011 Award in life sciences, and after receiving many emails from parents expressing their urgent need for the product to help their children, Lisa founded Squeezease Therapy to bring her concept to reality.
After the inception of Squeezease Therapy Inc., the team of designers and researchers, with the help of therapists, engineers, business advisors, and families, have been collaboratively working to further develop the vest.
The products produced by Squeezease Therapy are designed and made in Canada, and based on continuous improvements through research, testing, and end user’s suggestions and feedback.
Our Snug Vest website: www.snugvest.com
Here are some links to videos / news on the Snug Vest:
1. Snug Vest http://vimeo.com/73250441 (Story about Lisa)
2. http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2320551043/(News CBC)
3. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.1134343(News CTV)
4 Canada AM http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=852585&playlistId=1.1132200&binId=1.815911&playlistPageNum=1
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