Weighted therapy is the use of weighted products to apply deep pressure to the body, stimulating the proprioception in the muscles, enabling those who are “sensory seeking” to relax, focus and have a greater awareness of their body.
What are weighted items?
They are objects, such as vests, blankets, cushions or toys that are filled with weights. The material of weights can be Polly Pellets, sand, rice or wheat.
Who benefits from the use of weighted items?
Weighted items are useful for people who experience difficulties with touch, body awareness, balance and movement senses. Weighted sensory products, under the guidance and supervision of a qualified Occupational Therapist, have been shown to help meet the needs of children and adults with:
- Autism (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down syndrome
- Fetal Alcohol syndrome (FAS)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS)
- Rett syndrome
- Sensory Integration Disorder (SID)
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and many more.
How do weighted sensory products help?
They provide proprioceptive input creating stability, increased body awareness, and calm for improved attention, focus and concentration for many children and adults with special needs. In many cases, weighted sensory products can be effective in helping calm overly stimulated children with sensory needs. They may help with:
- Improving alertness, focus and attention for activities
- Reducing aggressive
- Calming and decreasing anxiety
- Relaxing and going to sleep
The suggested weight for a therapy blanket is approximately 10% of the person's body weight.
I offer custom made weighted products to meet your needs. I can also provide you with a fabric to match your child's favorite interest, which can help them bond with the blanket even more. Send me a message to learn more.
Always seek advise from your Occupational Therapist.
For every purchase of our Sensory Weighted Products we donate 10% to support Autism York Region Chapter to assist those of us affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
It is recommended any weighted item should be less than 5% of a person’s body weight.