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The Hug Machine was invented by Temple Grandin as a way to treat her autism. From Wikipedia:

The idea for the hug machine was devised during a visit to her aunt's Colorado ranch, where she noted the way cattle were vaccinated while confined in a squeeze chute, and how some of the cattle immediately calmed down after pressure was administered. She realized the deep pressure from the chute had a calming effect, and decided that might well settle down her own hypersensitivity. Whereas psychologists at her high school sought to confiscate her prototype hug machine, her science teacher encouraged her to determine just why it helped resolve her anxiety and sensory issues.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 03, 2009
     Category: Inventions | Psychology

Why not just ask someone for a hug?
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 04/03/09 at 08:46 AM
"psychologists at her high school"

Sadly this is not considered weird these days.
Posted by Paul in Athens GA on 04/03/09 at 09:27 AM
I understand why cattle calm down when being squeezed in a chute; they can't breath!

You're right. The "psychologist" in my highschool also headed up the PE department, coached football, was dean of boys, and had this seriously big, mean, paddle. His very effective treatments usually didn't need to be repeated.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/03/09 at 09:42 AM
Her high school can afford a psychologist? My school was one budget cut away from replacing the marching band with kazoos.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 04/03/09 at 10:01 AM
I wish wink
Posted by Matt in Florida on 04/03/09 at 10:23 AM
It changed Laura Plummer's life.
Posted by Pablo on 04/03/09 at 11:58 AM
I went to a Catholic school - the "psychologists" were the priests and nuns...probably explains a lot...
Posted by vegas_girl in Vegas Baby!! on 04/03/09 at 01:46 PM
wonderful, if it's effective that makes another tool to help the autistic deal with their world. but i wonder why the school psychologists wanted to confiscate it. it's not a suprise though, public school psychologists usually do more harm than good from my experience. (and every experience with them i've heard about as well)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/03/09 at 07:04 PM
my condolences on the marriage and congratulations on the divorce melodie. LOL
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/04/09 at 07:15 PM
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