by Zoe Peterson
Originally published: March 21, 2016
The Nesel Pack got a big thumbs up from Liam Craig, a third-grader at Bailey Elementary School.
“It was comfy, but it does need (to be) a little softer on the straps,” Craig said. “If it would change to a fleece, it would be much better.”
Liam, 9, is on the autism spectrum and craves sensory stimulation, like a weighted vest or a bear hug. Recently, Liam tested the Nesel Pack, a specialized backpack being developed by student entrepreneurs at the University of Minnesota for kids on the spectrum.
The Nesel Pack (a play on the word “nestle”) has thick straps and weighted pouches to mimic a compression vest and help with body awareness. There are clips on the front to attach sensory toys like chewies and fidgets.