This OT Vest 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 OT Vest has a calming effect upon children that is comfortable to them, and provides an alternative or adjunct to medication. Many children when putting the OT Vest 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.
The OT Vest Features:
A patented, highly effective design for the application of deep pressure.
The use of a stylish 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.
OT Vest Weighted Vest Specifications:
| 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. |