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The Nesel Pack (a play on the word nestle) designed by student entrepeneurs at the University of Minnesota is designed especially for kids on the autism spectrum and/or who have sensory needs.The Nesel Pack has thick straps and weighted pouches to mimic a compression vest and help with body awareness. There are also clips on the front to attach sensory toys like chewies and fidgets.

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The team of six Carlson School of Management seniors behind the Nesel Pack came up with the idea in a class. “.Their goal was to make a backpack that acted like a security blanket by providing comfort wherever you are.

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Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, director of the Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience division in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics, said she thinks the pack would be an excellent tool – not only for children with autism, but also for kids with anxiety disorders, ADHD and dyslexia – by reinforcing routine and predictability.

For more information, check out the Nesel Pack website or their now closed Kickstarter campaign.