Weighted Blankets can help those with:
*All Children do not have the same sensory integration needs. Weighted blankets should be used under the direction and advice of a healthcare professional or licensed therapist and should be used while under adult supervision.
What are the benefits/downsides to using a weighted vest?
Benefits: First and foremost weighted blanket therapy is a non-invasive therapeutic opportunity for the family, teacher, therapist and child. It can allow the child to understand their relationship to the world. To provide information about the child’s movements and positions of the body. It can also be comforting and calming to the child. And when used according to each individual child’s needs it can be a method to help modify behavior and increase feelings of safety.
Downsides: Some therapists feel that the blanket should be limited in the amount of time it is worn because a child might accommodate to it. Each child is different and you must use the blanket based on the circumstances or behavior(s) you are trying to help. When used this way, the behavior or activity dictates the amount of time the blanket is needed.
If used as a time on/time off method or part of a time intensive sensory diet the caretaker’s compliance can decrease and the full benefits of the blanket are not seen. The use of the weighted blanket forces their body to come down from a natural high and helps their autonomic nervous system to slow thing downs.