“Although we have several students using this tool, the Big Hug has had a significant impact on behavior and learning for one student in particular, who is on the autism spectrum. He has gone from having several meltdowns daily to being able to stay within the general education setting and participate in learning, provided he gets his regularly scheduled “Big Hug Breaks”. I asked him why he thought it has made such a difference for him, and his answer was “It relaxes me. When my body is relaxed, my mind can work.” This has become such an essential tool for him and made such a positive impact with our staff that we recently purchase an additional Big Hug for another elementary school. Thank you for this terrific tool! “