Research partnerships with Ontario Universities develop...

a garment that uses vibro-tactile stimulation to allow infants with special needs to detect and interpret sounds through touch, enhancing the emotional connection between parents and their children. 

Partnership: Dr. Frank Russo & Dr. Jean Paul Boudreau

Children with special needs often have difficulty handling stress, especially when they are very young. Ryerson University’s Frank Russo partnered with Jean-Paul Boudreau to come up with a solution. Together, they developed BabyVibe, a “jumper style” garment for children that provides light, vibro-tactile stimulation to increase intimacy between a mother and her child.

By boosting a child’s feelings of intimacy and security with visual and tactical stimulants, Russo has been able to decrease stress for children with special needs.