The concept of the weighted vest is based on the sensory integration therapy technique of deep pressure. Weight and 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.
The Sensory Hugs Weighted Vest comes in five sizes and is designed with both side and shoulder openings allowing great flexibility in size adjustments. The weight sets consist of 1/8 lb., 1/4 lb. or 1/2 lb. packets allowing the weight packs to be evenly distributed within the 8 pockets located along the bottom of the vest. Velcro closures help secure the weights within these pockets. Additional weight packs are sold separately. A decrease in length may also be obtained by folding the pocket section up, and securing it to a hidden section of Velcro located half way up the inside of the vest. Our fabric also serves as a backdrop for communication symbols or devices, by attaching hook and loop to the symbol or objects.
No color choice.
Sensory Hugs Weighted Vests Specifications
Size Chest Shoulder to Waist Weights X-Small 24" 12"L-16"L 2 lb. (8 ea, 4 oz) Small 30" 15"L-20"L 3 lb. (8 ea, 6 oz) Medium 34" 17"L-22"L 4 lb. (8 ea, 8 oz) Large 39" 19"L-24"L 6 lb. (8 ea, 12 oz) X-Large 44" 22"L-27"L 8 lb. (8 ea, 16 oz)
** Disclaimer** These vests should be used with direction or advice of a therapist, and should only be used while under adult supervision.
Frequently Asked Questions:How To Care For Your Sensory Hugs Weighted Vests?
All weighted vests are soft, comfortable, highly durable and completely washable. Before washing, remove all weights; secure all Velcro closures to prevent snagging and debris from collecting within the “hook” closure; after continued use, debris that does collect may be removed with a small wire brush. Weights may be wiped off with a damp cloth, avoid soaking them, as the steal shot will begin to rust. Due to the nature of the product and the materials used in them, Do not Dry Clean.
How Do I Determine Which Size Sensory Vest I Need To Order?
Our weighted vests are sized based on the measurements listed below and the design of the product allows a great deal of flexibility in size adj stments. To properly size your vest, you will need to measure:
- Circumference of the user's chest (or stomach depending on which is larger)
- Top of shoulder to waist or top of hips
How Do I Know How Much Weight To Choose For The Weighted Vest?
Our weighted products all feature separate weight sets, or have additional sets available, giving the therapist the greatest flexibility in choosing the weight protocols for each of their clients. We feel that this is one of the most beneficial aspects to our products. It is highly recommended that you begin with the smallest amount of weight possible, especially with preschool or younger children, and increased only until the desired effect is achieved. Clinicians normally recommend 5% to 10% of the clients body weight for most weighted products; however, when the weight is concentrated, we recommend 2.5%. to 10% of the clients’ weight is normally being used within the wraps and blankets successfully.
Why Use A Weighted Vest?
The concept of the weighted vest or deep pressure vest is based on the SI therapy technique of deep pressure. Weight 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 or pressure a vest provides.
Although there is limited research in the area of weighted vest therapy, many 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.
What is Sensory Integration (SI)?
Sensory Integration (SI) is a brain process that occurs in all of us. It allows us, often without conscious thought, to take information through our senses, organize it and make a plan to produce a meaningful response to interact with our environment with ease and comfort. Our senses can be those that we know and those that are hidden. The senses that are the most obvious are those of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. The hidden senses are those of movement (vestibular or inner ear) and of body position sense (proprioception). The hidden senses are regulators of our nervous system and help build the foundation for purposeful movement.
For most children, sensory integration develops through ordinary childhood activities. Children must be able to organize sensory information to function in daily activities, in the classroom, on the playground and in relationships.
What is Disfunction of Sensory Integration (DSI)?
Simply put, a Sensory Processing Disorder or Dysfunction of Sensory Integration is the inability to process information received through our senses. A child with a dysfunction of sensory integration cannot respond to sensory information and use it to behave in a meaningful way. Some children are hypersensitive or hyposensitive to sensory information. Either way impairs learning and creates a threatening situation for the child causing increased anxiety and a decreased ability to interpret and respond appropriately to stimuli.
If your child is diagnosed with autism, ADD, ADHD or is hyperactive, he/she may benefit from a referral to a qualified occupational therapist who specializes in SI, and a weighted vest may be an effective component of a comprehensive occupational therapy program.
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- Immediate changes in the behaviors of two students in 5th grade. The compression and weight have provided needed sensory input that has enabled our students to attend better in class and lessened agitation. A green color arrived, which was different from this picture. Color choices would be appreciated. Darker colors such as blue or black would be less noticeable as students transition to middle school.