A weighted blanket is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a blanket with extra weight inside it. The weight of the blanket provides proprioceptive input (awareness of one’s body positions in space) to the brain. This has a calming and organizing effect on the central nervous system.
Here are just a few disorders weighted blankets can help:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Asperger Syndrome
- Down’s Sundrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Restless Leg Syndrome
The list goes on and one!
Weighted blankets are made out of flannel and filled with poly fiber beads. Weight is distributed evenly through the blanket using 6×5 squares Blankets are washable.
Most research will say Lap blankets should weigh 5% of receivers bodyweight. We strongly suggest talking to a medical expert. Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist are a great resources.