Weighted blankets are used in many home, clinical, school and work environments for those living with (but not limited to): Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Restless Leg Syndrome and some mental health issues. They can have a huge impact on those who benefit from deep pressure and are especially helpful in assisting the user to regulate their sensory input when it is sleep time, or when they may be demonstrating behaviour leading to a meltdown. The weighted blanket can provide Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) for the user and the impact it can have is amazing!
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. Weighted blankets 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 over stimulated and need to calm down before attempting a task which requires focus (i.e.: coming in from outside, running in the playground to sitting at a table and chair listening quietly to the teacher).
They are filled with your choice of non-toxic Poly Pellets (the same that are used in some teddy bears and soft toys) or Stainless Steel pellets. The pellets are separated into sections to ensure balanced weight distribution. The design of these Weighted Blankets will enable the blanket to ‘mould’ around the user to the shape of their body, and this size blanket has a removable cover to allow for easy laundering. The cover is designed with a 50cm panel of the chosen pattern so as not to overwhelm the users sensory input.
What are pros and cons of Poly Pellets and Stainless Steel?
Although both are machine washable, Poly Pellets are a durable plastic and are a cheaper yet bulkier material. Stainless Steel is heavier by volume, so the product conforms closer to the body shape it is placed upon, however they are a little more expensive.
It is recommended to consult with an Occupational Therapist regarding the use of weighted products, to ensure it may benefit your child. He/she/they may prescribe a different weight and/or size for your child - if this is the case, please contact us for a quote for a custom order. These Weighted Blankets are fully machine washable and they are made using a durable fabric with a separate removable cover and are sewn using a heavy weight cotton. If you require a different size/weight, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we are more than happy to provide a quote.