MINNESOTA – A group of college students worked together, creating and designing a new backpack that is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum.
“This guy on my team named Will [Radke] and his family are a foster family, living in Milwaukee. He saw lots of students with autism and other learning disabilities and we sort of came up with this idea,” Nesel Pack CEO and graduating senior Martha Pietruszewski told ABC News when describing the inspiration behind the backpack. “We thought something as simple as a backpack would be beneficial because they could bring that to school and be comfortable.”
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This bag features straps that tighten around the front and areas for weights, feeling similar to a hug from another person.
It also has extra pockets for any kind of sensory tool a child with autism might carry with them daily.
“We really wanted to cater to the [students] on the sensory-processing side of the spectrum.”
According to Autism Speaks, hugging and weighted items like vests and blankets are often soothing for children.
One occupational therapist told ABC News that this backpack could be beneficial since many of her students with autism choose to keep their backpack on the entire school day.
The backpack is currently only available in blue, and costs $115.