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    24 Adaptive Products To Help Make Life Easier For People With Sensory Sensitivities

    Including a vibrating pillow, compression sheets, and a sensory crash pad.

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    1. A pair of Vibes concert earplugs that'll dull the sound around you without compromising clarity. They're great for concerts so you can hear the band without shredding your eardrums as well for people with sensory sensitivities.

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    THANK GOD I had these at a friend's karaoke party. I was still able to hear everyone's conversations (as well as their terrible singing) and I didn't feel like I was participating in something that would eventually make me go deaf.

    Promising review: "These are a lifesaver for me! I have sensory processing issues and get easily overwhelmed/overloaded in noisy environments. Whenever I get into a situation where there is too much noise, I am able to quickly put them in my ears because I always have them within reach. I also make sure I use them proactively before I walk into a store. It's so much more tolerable shopping now because I can tune out all the overwhelming noise. The nice thing is you can still hear if someone is talking to you (i.e. across the table in a noisy restaurant), but it knocks all the deafeningly loud background noise down tremendously. I feel like these ear plugs have given me a bit of freedom back again. Thank you!!!!" —K.A.

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98.

    2. And a jar of contour ear plugs to make it easier to drift off when you struggle to sleep if it's not completely silent.

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    Promising review: "Being on the autism spectrum, I am overly sensitive to loud noises. I have been using Flents for years both for sleep and going into crowded, noisy places. Because of these earplugs, I am able to go to concerts, movie theaters, and restaurants without having sensory overload issues. Thank you Amazon!!!!😄" —Pretty kitty

    Get 10 pairs from Amazon for $2.98.

    Check out one BuzzFeed writer's full review of Flents Quiet Contour Ear Plugs/Earplugs and why she loves them.

    3. A weighted blanket for helping reduce your anxiety so you can feel well-rested sometime this decade.

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    Using a weighted blanket may increase your serotonin levels because the weight mimics the sensation of being held or hugged. The release of serotonin and oxytocin (often nicknamed the "love hormone") can lower your stress levels and lessen anxiety, which may make it easier for you to drift off.

    Promising review: "The blanket is of a very high quality and is effective for my sensory disorder. I especially like that the blanket is not too warm for how heavy it is; it's comfortable to use regardless of the temperature in our house. I look forward to using it for many years." —jspenlau

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in 12 weights and 13 colors).

    4. Or a set of compression sheets if you find weighted blankets too constricting. These are soft, stretchy, and breathable while still providing all the benefits of deep pressure.

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    Promising review: "My daughter is 4 years old and has sensory processing disorder, autism, global developmental delay, and is nonverbal. She has had chronic sleep problems (staying asleep!). We’ve tried medicines, melatonin, and a huge list of other things. She loves tactile input so I thought this would help give her enough compression through the night to stay asleep. And let me tell you: she’s slept through the night EVERY night since having this sheet (no meds, no melatonin). I wish I had ordered this two years ago!!!" —Jenn H.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in twin, full, and queen sizes).

    5. A touch-activated vibrating pillow that'll help soothe your anxieties or provide calming stimulation.

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    Promising review: "Bought it for a friend's child who has sensory auditory disorder. He loves sitting on it when he's agitated and it helps calm him down." —M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. A scalp massager so you can break down buildup on your scalp and really work in the shampoo and conditioner without discomfort.

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    Promising review: "My teen has had sensory processing issues ever since he was little: tags in clothes had to be cut out; seams in socks caused crying fits before school; he could only wear elastic-waist pants and shorts; he refused to wear jeans because of the tougher material; zippers and buttons bothered his finger tips. Now that's he's an adult, he's discreet about his problems but still has his challenges. During showers, he's never been able to use his fingernails and fingertips to scrub his scalp so he's always used combs or brushes to help shampoo and rinse out his hair. His fingertips are the most sensitive parts of his body. They are so extremely sensitive that they hurt when he's in the shower and even afterward. This is going to make his daily life so much easier. I bought him two so it will be faster to wash and rinse out his hair." —Bxtf

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    7. And a gentle detangling brush for getting out the kinks and knots quickly, easily, and, most importantly, without pain.

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    Promising review: "I bought this brush for my daughter who has sensory issues (heightened senses, brushes are extremely painful for her), and we both LOVE it! She used to run away from me when it was time to brush her hair. I would have to beg her to let me brush the tangles out. It was miserable, and we hated the whole routine. Now, I can brush her hair in a few strokes and she doesn't even realize I'm done! This brush is great. We love it, and I would recommend it to anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    8. Or a head massager tool to calm yourself with brain-tingling cranial orgasms.

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    Promising review: "I got this for my husband who loves for me to play with his hair and he absolutely loves it! I took the other one to school to use in my special education classroom for kids who have higher sensory needs, and some of them really enjoyed the feeling and it helped to calm them down. It was a little easy to bend, but if you are careful and take your time this is a great product." —Jessamine Holbrook

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A three-sided toothbrush that'll cover more tooth so you can get it over with faster if the sensation of scrubbing is too much.

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    Promising review: "I love this toothbrush. My son has autism and he is sensitive, especially his mouth (texture). With this toothbrush, he has let me brush his teeth with no problems. With other toothbrushes he would gag or his gum would bleed even though they were 'soft.'" —Liviet

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in three colors).

    10. A knobbed foot roller to do it all: help you stay focused, work out kinks and soreness in your feet, and stimulate nerves if you're dealing with sensory neuropathy.

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    Promising review: "I wish we had gotten this a lot sooner! This is great not only for massaging feet, but as a sensory or fidget item! It is surprisingly quiet. The runner in the house loves using this to keep feet relaxed. The sensory seeker in the house loves using this to help stay focused. It works well for an adult size 10 shoe all the way down to kid feet. I will say that the kid doesn't like the larger nubs on the one side, but due to its arched shape, the kid is able to use the other side only and avoid the uncomfortable side." —Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (originally $29.95).

    11. theFube — a fidget cube with rounded edges and a different button, knob, or lever on each side so your fingers never run out of things to do.

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    Promising review: "Fun distraction for tactile sensory need. Kid loves it, and it's teacher-approved for the classroom." —S.W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four styles).

    12. A handheld mini massager if your senses are overstimulated and you want to relax. Massages may also help you sleep better *and* longer.

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    Promising review: "I got this for my child with sensory issues and it has been a wonderful tool! It is also great to work out shoulder tension when he’s not using it!" —N?A

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    13. A fidget spinner ring for combining your love of fun accessories with your insatiable need to do something with your hands.

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    Promising review: "I've worn this almost daily for a few months now, and I love it. It holds up well through constant fidgeting, moving it from finger to finger, spinning, and fussing. There's texture on the outside, and the spin creates a small enough noise to go unnoticed in most settings. Fidget spinners work, but are supremely obnoxious to everyone else, and this ring serves the same purpose of occupying my sensory needs so I can focus, while still being completely appropriate in a professional setting." —Buck503

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and seven styles).

    14. Or, an acupressure ring, because it may help induce feelings of calmness while also functioning as an inconspicuous fidget toy.

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    Promising review: "I have purchased these several times. As a mental health therapist, these are an excellent fidget tools for individuals to use that are not distracting and provide a great sensory input! Thanks!! I will definitely be purchasing them in the future." —ILUV PSU

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A Tangle Toy if you find taking things apart and putting them back together the most soothing activity ever. The shapes you can create are limited only by your imagination.

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    Promising review: "I am a 19-year-old autistic person and I purchased this as a stim toy/fidget for myself. I love it! The texture is smooth and sensory pleasing. It fits easily into the palm of my hand, and I can carry it around in my pocket all day. It's quiet and provides endless entertainment and stimulation for my hands. I especially like that it can be either a one-hand toy or a two-hand toy too. I often use it in one hand while I'm driving or reading. It helps me redirect energy from negative stims to a positive one. The toy itself is pretty durable. The pieces sometimes disconnect but they're not too hard to snap back together, although they can be stubborn sometimes. I bought more for my other autistic/neuro-atypical friends." —Warren

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $15.75.

    16. A set of Monkey Noodles — stretchy strings you can pull, wrap, squeeze, and twirl in every which way.

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    Promising review: "My 3-year-old has carried one with her almost all day for 3–4 days now. She LOVES twirling them around more than stretching them and it gives her something to fidget with when she is feeling overwhelmed (sensory issues so anywhere public she hates). When we went to the mall and out to eat, we had very few issues due to the noise and crowds because these kept her hands busy!" —Heather

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A set of Wacky Tracks so you can build whatever your heart and hands desire.

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    Promising review: "My little one has autism with sensory disorder. These toys are absolutely amazing. We make snakes, roll them into balls, and form circles. They are a lifesaver in church and in places where we have to sit still and be silent. Since she loves them, I gave them a five star rating. Thank you!" —Jeni Kirby

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.97.

    18. A memory foam bean bag that'll keep you cozy and create a relaxing cocoon.

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    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim to see if my young child with sensory issues would feel comfortable. This was one of the best purchases I’ve made! He is able to sit for extended periods of time, feels secure and comfortable, and even uses it to get out all that excess energy by safely running and jumping into the chair. He even asks for ‘my poof’ and tells me he loves it. Seems strange to say a chair/poof has made a difference in my life, but it actually has! My son could never settle before and struggled to be still. Now he falls into (or jumps into) his poof and can be calm." —A. Bettencourt

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors).

    19. An indoor therapy swing for kids or adults who want to reap the benefits of swing therapy. This will help teach users' brains and bodies to work together and improve body awareness, balance, and coordination.

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    Promising review: "We bought this for our 7-year-old who responds well to sensory products. When the rest of the family is sitting quietly around the living room, she is squirming around or climbing me (her father) and wanting some direct attention. The swing gives her an opportunity to address those times when I am not available to play or would prefer her to find another way to soothe herself. Since we bought the 165-pound-capacity option, the swing can accommodate two 7-year-olds. Now, she jumps on, goes in and either plays on it like a swing or lays in it to read a book. One of the best moments is when we are sitting in the living room and she is chatting but fully climbing and swinging at the same time." —82Percent

    Get it from Amazon for $54.70+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    20. A breathable neoprene compression vest to assist in increasing your focus and reducing stress or anxiety through deep pressure therapy.

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    Promising review: "My grandson's school requested we get him something like this to help calm him when he gets to upset to calm himself. He doesn't wear it all the time, but if he feels like he needs some extra pressure or if his teachers see if struggling with getting his sensory input they will ask him to put it on to help him with that need. I am very happy with this purchase." —Kathy H

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes 2XS–L and five colors).

    21. A white noise machine so you can fall asleep to the tranquil sounds of ocean waves or distant thunder.

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    It has six built-in sleep sounds — rain, brook, ocean, thunder, white noise, and summer night — as well as an auto-off timer that you set for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Plus, it's lightweight and portable so you can bring good sleep with you anywhere.

    Promising review: "My daughter suffers from a sensory processing disorder and any noise wakes her up. I am so happy to have found this. She sleeps through the night and wakes up without being grouchy. The different sounds are perfect and I love that you can set it for a certain amount of time and control the volume. I would highly recommend this product!" —djones

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. A pair of Bose noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones that'll come in handy when you're trying to find inner peace on a plane, train, or automobile.

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    Promising review: "I got these a few months ago and so far so issues! I'm absolutely in love with them! Due to some sensory processing problems, sounds can overwhelm me sometimes. I find these headphones do a great job at cancelling sound, even without music playing. But also the music quality on this is absolutely fantastic! Amazing bass and sound quality. I'd buy them again for sure!" —Stephanie Stephenson

    Get them from Amazon for $345+ (available in three colors).

    BuzzFeed Reviews voted them the best noise-cancelling headphones in the $$$ category.

    23. A set of blackout curtains, because they 1. block 85% to 99% of light from entering your room, 2. reduce noise, and 3. regulate the temperature so it's cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Prepare for the best sleep of your life!

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    If you don't want to drill into the wall to install curtains, we recommend going with either a tension rod or Command hooks.

    Promising review: "These curtains are in my son’s bedroom. He has sensory processing disorder. In order for him to sleep, he needs the room to be dark and quiet. These curtains are perfect." —Markel Smith

    Get them from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in six sizes and 20 colors).

    24. A sensory pad that doubles as a soft and cushy landing zone for anyone who enjoys "crashing" into objects. (This type of movement can increase body awareness and reduce aggression).

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    Promising review: "After looking for crash pads as a positive alternative for my sensory-seeking son, I found this one for so much less expensive than others and decided to give it a try. It arrived rolled up flat in a box. After unpacking it in the spot we wanted it in our basement, we unrolled it and it filled up with air. It was ready to jump on in just a few minutes. My son absolutely loves it. Fifteen minutes playing on it helps him stay calm for a long time after. I love that it came with a washable cover. It is also pretty comfy to just lay on to watch TV or read some books. We are very pleased to have this product in our home!" —LN

    Get it from Amazon for $178.49.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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