Boston Herald does it’s third article!

This article focused on the caregivers that have been using the vest.  Big thanks to all our partners!!!

Teresa at The SPIRAL Foundation in Watertown MA

Tina at The Institute for Dynamic Living in Springfield MA

Frieda at The River Street School Windsor CT

Liz and Mary Lou at The Collaborative in Northampton MA

Therapeutic Systems visits the Montano Center

This past Friday, myself and Tom got a chance to drive down to Bridgeport CT and visit the Montano Assistive Technology Center and learn about how they have used sensory based interventions to help children with autism, Cerebral Palsy, and other neurological disabilities.

We got in touch with Phoebe Tucker, who is the director, because the Center is home to not one, but TWO multi-sensory environments. Phoebe is actually a Speech Language Therapist and assistive technology specialist, who has over the years come to believe in using sensory practices to help augment language-based learning.

Phoebe’s passion and belief in sensory based interventions was clear from the minute we arrived at the center. After offering us some iced tea and pastries, she took myself and Tom on a tour showing us her two sensory rooms first (the “white room” and the “black room“), then demo-ing some of the communication technology she uses for speech language therapy. One of the coolest pieces of technology was a virtual reality system which displays interactive environments on the floor or the wall. Phoebe explained that using sensory based interventions, like the deep pressure that Vayu vest provides, can be used to take “sensory breaks” from the speech therapy; she’s found that combining therapies leads to better outcomes. She talked about how deep pressure has provided benefit to many of her clients and showed us the “steamroller” squeeze machine that they often use.  Her commitment to technology was also clear given all the awesome high-tech equipment she has invested in.

Tom and I showed off the Vayu vest for the Montano team, and Phoebe was eager to try it on. Despite being a child’s large she tried it on… and then wore it for the rest of the meeting. She shared stories about a number of clients they treat at the Montano Center who look for and benefit from deep pressure therapy and thought the Vayu vest would be beneficial.

All in all, it was a great visit. We were thrilled to meet some people who are as passionate about deep pressure and sensory based interventions as we are and we look forward to working with the Montano Center in the future.

Therapeutic Systems Featured in the Boston Herald

Really excited to be featured in the Herald today!

MassChallenge Boot Camp

This week is the first week of Mass Challenge boot camp – where we will be meeting tons of smart people with great ideas.  Brian will be spending the week out there meeting people and just generally schmoozing – and also doing some work (we hope).  Anyway, take a look at the herald article below to learn more about what we’ll be doing in the coming weeks.

MassChallenge Finalists

Therapeutic Systems was just announced as a finalist in Mass Challenge!   We are really pumped to be accepted as finalists.  This means that we get some office space in Boston.  So if you’re in the area, come on and stop by! Check out the herald article about MassChallenge finalists here:

Product Launch

We have just launched our first product, the Vayu vest!  Wow, it has been a long road.  It’s hard to believe this day has finally come.   Take a look at our vest here:, and like us on facebook here:

NSF Awards $10M to Develop Computing Techniques for Measuring and Analyzing Child Behavior

“A team led by the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a $10 million “Expeditions in Computing” award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop novel computing techniques for measuring and analyzing the behavior of children.

These technologies will be used to enable new approaches for identifying children at risk for autism and other developmental delays. In addition, these methods may potentially improve the delivery and evaluation of treatment.

The award — one of only 10 given out by the NSF since 2008 — provides up to $2 million in funding each year for five years and is designed to push boundaries in computer science. This project will push the limits by catalyzing a new scientific discipline called computational behavioral science, which will draw equally from computer science and psychology to transform the study of human behavior.”

I’m very glad to hear that NSF is funding this critical research. When I was a graduate student at UMass, Amherst we had a lot of trouble getting funding to study technology for autism.  It is also great to see engineering and psychology merging and overlapping. I think this is going to be a very important partnership between the two fields that will lead to many different discoveries beyond  the treatment of autism. The treatment of PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety other mental illnesses could benefit from research into this field. My dissertation focused on how to bring people who provide the care to people with autism (like OT’s and psychologists) into the design process to create better and more novel solutions. (email me if you would like to know more about the research)

The team that is involved with this grant are great. I have been following a lot of their work with sensors and monitoring over the years and have meet with some of the researchers involved.  I’m really looking forward to what will come from the research. I know that we will be able to use their findings to improve treatment, quality of care, and quality of life.


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