This weighted blanket can be used in many home, clinical, school and work environments for those living with (but not limited to):
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- ADHD, ADD
- Restless Leg Syndrome
They can be very helpful for the child who is unable to sit still in their chair, constantly fidgeting/squirming as they are seated, easily distracted, unable to focus on the task they have been set or to sit quietly and listen to the subject being discussed.
Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) can stimulate the release of serotonin in the brain, in turn helping children and adults to be calm, relaxed, concentrate on a task and moderate their sensory input.
In a practical sense, weighted blankets can be placed on the child/adults lap at times when they are required to focus on a task and/or for a longer time than they can generally tolerate. For example; sitting at a restaurant, during seated classroom activities, doing their homework on a computer, travelling on public transport/car as well as in the workplace or home computer for adults.
They may also be used as part of a ‘Sensory Diet’ as prescribed by an Occupational Therapist at times for the child to self regulate their sensory input if they are overstimulated and need to calm down before attempting a task which requires focus (ie: coming in from outside, running in the playground to sitting at a table and chair listening quietly to the teacher).
They are made in boy/girl/unisex prints and filled with non-toxic poly pellets (the same that are used in some teddy bears and soft toys). The pellets are separated into 10 sections to ensure balanced weight distribution. The shape of these weighted blanket allows it to ‘mould’ to the shape of a child’s legs in the seated position. There are 2 rows of 5 sections, with the centre sections sitting in between their legs to make a more ‘snug’ or ‘moulded’ fitting over their legs.
The standard size of the weighted blanket is approx 45cm x 28cm.
These weighted blankets are fully machine washable and they are covered by 2 layers of good quality fabric and are sewn using heavyweight cotton. Different materials and prints will be used for the outer layer to suit the individual.
Suitable for ages 3+