OTvest Weighted Vest

 

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The affective weight placement makes all the difference in our OTvests. They are designed to help calm children with autism, ADD, SID and ADHD with an emphasis on durability and comfort. This denim style weighted vest provides proprioceptive feedback, stability and skills. Therapists may adjust the dimensions of the vest as well as the weight to meet the needs of each client.

Part Number: E00689
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** Disclaimer** These vests should be used with direction or advice of a therapist, and should only be used while under adult supervision.
 
  1. The OTvest  is a stylish denim vest that looks like an everyday garment and is undetectable as anything "therapeutic" - providing an alternative or adjunct to medication.
  2. The weights are invisible from the outside of the vest. Similar to someone pressing gently down upon the shoulders and upper back,  the weights lie directly upon the muscles of the shoulder-girdle to apply MILD, yet calming, deep pressure. Most children comment "It feels good" when they put the OTvest on.  This is similar to the calming effect that sleeping under a heavy blanket provides.  The central nervous system's sensory areas respond to deep pressure by producing a settling effect--which may be produced by increasing the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) in some of the ways that medications work (see VandenBerg, N.L. (2001) *.
  3. Individuals who are good candidates for use are those who appear hyperactive, show disorganized behavior (messy work area, lack of attention-to-task, excessive movement in their seat that inhibits productivity), children with tactile defensive behaviors (overreaction to touch, or always needing to touch everything), are easily distracted, show poor body awareness, those with sensory processing/modulation difficulties, and autism. Young children are particularly highly responsive to deep pressure, as their nervous systems are more plastic--however, even adults have demonstrated benefits from the use of deep pressure from the OTvest.
  4. VandenBerg's research study, published initially in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (see VandenBerg, N.L. (2001)* and more recently as Chapter 26 in Pediatric Issues  in Occupational Therapy: A Compendium of Leading Scholarship (C. Royeen, 2004), used 5% of  each child's body weight as the amount of vest weight.  This research prompted VandenBerg's improvement upon the vest design--resulting in the OTvest which has a PATENTED design--where the weights press gently down directly upon the muscles of the shoulder-girdle to apply MILD, yet calming, deep pressure. Most children comment "It feels good" when they put the OT vYst on.  This is similar to the calming effect that sleeping under a heavy blanket provides.  The central nervous system's sensory areas respond to deep pressure by producing a settling effect--which may be produced by increasing the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) in some of the ways that medications work (see VandenBerg, N.L. (2001) *.
  5. Having the individual wear the vest during an enjoyable activity is an excellent way to introduce vest use.  Some children may need to wear the OTvest for greater  periods of time initially to become more accepting of its use.  A general guideline is to have the individual wear the vest for 20-40 minutes, remove it for the same amount of time, (so that the nervous system does not adapt to this new sensation of increased weight), and then wear it again.  Do not remove the vest in the middle of an activity, however, but wait until its completion.
  6. MANY children put the vests on themselves when they feel they need it!  For others, a schedule if often helpful so that the vest if worn during the times most needed, such as when first starting the day, after recess, during specials classes, for written work , reading, homework, prior to bedtime--or during stressful activities (haircuts, shopping, dining out). Some children may tolerate only 10-15 minutes before they want to remove it.  They may be urged to keep it on a bit longer to try and build them up to a longer period of time, but should be allowed to remove it if they persist.  Each child is individual and needs to have the judgment of the supervising adult utilized with some experimentation.  It is best to consult with an occupational therapist concerning a wearing schedule and the OTvest used under the direction of a licensed therapist or healthcare professional and worn while under adult supervision.
VandenBerg, N.L. (2001).  The use of a weighted vest to increase on-task behavior in children with attention difficulties. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 621-628.
This OTvest Weighted Denim Vest are calibrated to the weight of the child so that the weights do not get played with or lost. Stylish design with front pockets and 5-6 front snaps. The benefits? Focusing, calming, integration of senses and looking stylish! Patented weight insert applies deep pressure directly to the muscles of the upper back and high on the upper chest. Measure around chest for width; measure neck to waistline for length. Lead-free.
 
Weighted vests are used as a means of applying deep pressure, which can be helpful in decreasing purposeless behaviors, hyperactivity and inattention (often seen in autistic and ADHD children and those with sensory processing difficulties.  The deep pressure applied by the OTvest has a calming effect upon children that is comfortable to them, and provides an alternative or adjunct to medication. Many children when putting  the OTvest on for the first time, respond by saying "It feels good!" 
 
This highly effective means of applying deep pressure is unique and patented--as the weight does not hang inside pockets supported by the garment, but lies comfortably but directly upon the shoulder-girdle muscles of the child--as if someone is pressing gently upon the individual's shoulders and upper back. Children as well as teens like the stylish design of this vest, as it does not stand out as therapeutic, but actually looks quite "handsome" with the clothing normally worn to school!! The weights are undetectable to others.
 
Great for users with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, SID, TBI, dystonia and balance issues. It helps users improve on their trunk stability due to the weight placement.
 
The OTvest Features:
  • A patented, highly effective design for the application of deep pressure.
  • The use of a stylish durable denim vest that does not look "therapeutic".
  • Snaps or riveted buttons to withstand fidgeting, with hook/loop added for quick, easy independent closure on the older child's vest.
  • Machine washable, durable vest with a removable, vinyl covered weight unit (round metal weight) that can be wiped down to clean/sanitize.
  • Children cannot remove the weights to fidget with them or lose them.
  • High necked closure prevents slipping off the shoulders and the keeps the weights in place.
The concept of the weighted vest is based on the sensory integration therapy technique of deep pressure. Deep pressure is often used to assist the child to self-calm and relax so that sensory stimulus can be processed. The use of a weighted vest provides the child with unconscious information from the muscles and joints.

Children who are easily distracted, hyperactive and lacking in concentration respond positively to the additional weight a vest provides. Therapists have found a weighted vest may also assist with reflex maturity, body position awareness and coordination, balance, eye/hand coordination, spatial perception and hearing and speaking skills. Because of these anecdotal outcomes, many therapists working with children are recommending the use of a weighted vest.

OTvest Weighted Vest Specifications:

Size
Chest Shoulder to Waist Weights
Size 4 26" 11"L-14"L 2 lbs
Size 5 28" 12"L-15"L 2 lbs.
Size 6+ 30" 13"L-15"L 3 lbs.
Size 7-12 36" 14"L-18"L 3 lbs.
Size 14-18 38" 16"L-20"L 4 lbs.
Size 20+ 42"  Up to 23"L 4 lbs.
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Aug 26, 2013
The weighted vests have been very helpful in improving student academic performance. The students are better able to attend and stay on-task. They also benefit the children by helping them calm down so they don't get frustrated or physically over-active.
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