Weighted blankets are a sensory tool that often Occupational Therapists recommend for children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders to assist with calming and sleep. The weight is intended to provide proprioceptive input to the brain, which has a calming and organizing effect on the central nervous system. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders crave pressure.
Weighted blankets should be 10% of body weight plus 1 pound. If your child weighs 40 pounds then that would be 4 pounds plus 1 more pound to make a 5 pound weighted blanket. Please follow these guild lines for safety.
Suggested reputable weighted blanket businesses to purchase weighted blankets
Mosaic Weighted Blankets
A Thread Of Magic
Three High Chairs
New England Adaptive Equipment
The Weighted Blanket Whisper
Lifetime Sensory Solutions